Nassau police ordered to produce documents to Newsday

Nassau County police cars in Syosset on Dec. Nassau County police cars in Syosset on Dec. 28, 2013. Police are intensifying patrols at religious places of worship the week of April 14, 2014 as Long Islanders of different faiths observe the holidays and in light of Sunday's deadly shootings at two Kansas Jewish centers. Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

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A State Supreme Court judge has ruled that the Nassau County Police Department must grant Newsday's requests for documents under the state Freedom of Information Law.

Judge Daniel Palmieri's 20-page decision requires Nassau police to produce copies of five sets of documents that the newspaper sought concerning events that police investigated. The newspaper made requests for records between August 2012 and February 2013. But Newsday sued the agency when it declined those requests, citing exemptions to the law.

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"Respondent shall serve on petitioner all records directed to be produced within 30 days of the date of this Order," the judge wrote in Thursday's decision, "unless further extended by the parties or by Court direction."

Palmieri, who ruled that the requests did not fall under the exemptions in state law, also awarded Newsday reasonable attorneys' fees and costs incurred in bringing the action against the police department.

The documents sought include the names of fields on an incident tracking system, reports and documents on several criminal cases, records on the police department's payments to confidential informants and the names of sworn officers.

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