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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Use of city's take-home cars remains secret

The Journal-News requested data on the use of take-home cars provided to Yonkers, N.Y., municipal employees. But city officials say the data is not public record and would be too difficult and time-consuming to extract.

City Hall officials maintain that the city keeps no records that they are required to show the public on how take-home vehicles issued by the city to 194 municipal employees are used.

The Journal News requested records of the amount of gasoline used and the miles driven by employees with the city-owned vehicles dating to 2003. The newspaper made the request under the state's Freedom of Information Law.

"Please be advised that no individualized records exist," wrote city Records Access Officer Eric Arena last month, responding to a May 9 request for information.

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