Judge orders NYC to release review of 911 system

Published April 9, 2012 4:45PM (EDT)

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge has ordered New York City to release a consultant's review of its 911 system. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has been fighting to keep it private.

Supreme Court Justice Arthur F. Engoron (ehn-GOHR'-ahn) said Monday that his decision stemmed from a belief in open government and transparency.

Engoron says that the report and all its drafts by the taxpayer funded consultant belong to New York City residents.

The judge compared the city's privacy claim to President Richard Nixon's claims of executive privilege during the Watergate scandal.

City lawyers argue that the review is still a draft. They say an order to release it could prevent policymakers from freely expressing their opinions in the future.

A city Law Department spokeswoman says the city might appeal.

By Salon Staff

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