The following e-mail was sent to New York State Inspector General asking for some advice on how to proceed on asking questions about the relationship between the City School District of New Rochelle and MacMenamin’s .
11/28/2008 8:09 AM >>>
Dear Inspector General,
Does the official endorsement of a failing business via Board of
Education resolution by a Superintendent of Schools seem suspect?
Is there any way the average person could look further into this?
What should we be attempting to FOIL?
Link below provides context for the concern:
New Rochelle Parent/Resident
This was the response we received:
Subject: Re: New Rochelle Schools
Date: December 18, 2008 12:44:10 PM EST
The Office of the State Inspector General is in receipt of your email regarding New Rochelle schools.
Please note, the New York State Inspector General has responsibility, pursuant to New York State Executive Law, Article 4-A to investigate allegations of criminal activity, corruption, fraud, abuse, and conflicts of interest committed by State employees of agencies in which the Heads are appointed by the Governor. This Office does not have jurisdiction over municipalities, federal agencies, elected officials, or private entities.
As such, your complaint is not within the investigative purview of this Office. You may wish to pursue these matters by contacting the Committee on Open Government (COOG), within the Department of State, as its purpose is to aid citizens in the pursuit of public information. Call (518) 474-2518 to discuss your concerns with the COOG.
We will continue asking the questions until we find out whose job it is to provide oversight over the City School District of New Rochelle. Of course we already know part of the answer. It is the job all of those who live in this town. More correspondence to come.