FOIL Requests January 2009



Letter to the NY State DEC:


Lincoln Karim
New York, NY 10019


January 27, 2009


FOIL Coordinator/Enforcement Coordinator
Region 2
1 Hunter's Point Plaza
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5407


This letter will also be faxed to the NYS DEC Region 2 at: 718 482-6729


Re: Freedom of Information Law [FOIL] Request. NYS DEC involvement of a healthy Wild Turkey disappearance from Central Park, New York City around January 16th, 2009.


Dear Records Access Officer:


Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request records or portions thereof pertaining to:


The disappearance of a healthy Wild Turkey a.k.a 'Sugar Face'* from Central Park at or around January 16th, 2009. Your agency was quoted in an official statement from the Central Park Conservancy (pasted at the bottom of this letter) as being involved in the disappearance of this healthy animal which has been seen and photographed continually since Summer of 2008 until her disappearance around January 16, 2009.
The points I am most interested in are the following:


1. Why was the DEC involved in the interference of this healthy, harmless animal.


2. What circumstances led to the NYS DEC's order to give the Brooklyn Rehabber (mentioned in the CPC letter below) the option to euthanize the animal.


3. On what date and time was the NYS DEC notified of this Wildlife case and on what date and time did the NYS DEC take action on this Wildlife case. (I am attempting to ascertain the priority given and judgment used by the NYS DEC to this Wildlife case so I can compare it with other cases where the NYS DEC was involved of which I am familiar).


4. Assuming that a park patron did call the NYC Animal Care and Control and that this agency found it fit to respond and take action to such a call; what were the point or points given to the NYS DEC by the NYC AC&C concerning this Wildlife case which required the involvement of former agency?


5. How is the Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) classified/defined/listed by the NYS DEC. (I am attempting to find whether the animal is considered by the NYS DEC as a pest or a dangerous animal or a disease carrier or any other classification you may associate with this bird).


6. According to the NYS DEC laws/rules/regulations; are wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) allowed to land/forage/take refuge/ in Central Park.


7. Where was the wild turkey encountered and finally captured in Central Park.


8. This species of animal is a popular target for hunting throughout New York State and often a victim of urbanization. Why then was the NYS DEC concerned about this one animal which obviously found refuge and safty in Central Park?


9. Please supply a copy of any NYS DEC communication related to subject line of this letter (written/electronic/verbal) to the NYC Animal Care and Control.


10. Please supply a copy of any NYS DEC communication related to subject line of this letter (written/electronic/verbal) to any Wildlife rehabber/s involved in handling the wild turkey.


11. Please supply a copy of any NYS DEC communication related to subject line of this letter written/electronic/verbal to the NYC Parks & Recreation Department and or the Park's Commissioner Adrien Benepe or any other member of this department.


12. Please supply a copy of any NYS DEC communication related to subject line of this letter written/electronic/verbal to the Central Park Conservancy or any of this organization's employees.


13. Please supply a copy of any NYS DEC communication related to subject line of this letter written/electronic/verbal to any member/s of the public or park patron/s who may have contacted the NYS DEC directly or indirectly.


14. Please offer any other information you may believe useful to me in view of the above requests.


Please supply the records without informing me if the fees for this request are not in excess of $100.00.


As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five business days of receipt of a request. Therefore, I would appreciate a response as soon as possible and look forward to hearing from you shortly.


If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name and address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed.


Sincerely,
Lincoln Karim
XXXXXXXXXXX
www.palemale.com


*'Sugar Face' is a name given to this turkey by a seven year old girl who I often encountered in the company of the wild turkey in the Ramble (the common foraging grounds for the missing Wild Turkey).


The electronic delivery of this letter has attached to it several photographs of the Wild turkey which unhappily disappeared from Central Park around January 16, 2009.


Letter from Regina Alvarez of the Central Park Conservancy:


[Begin CPC Letter:]


The turkey that has been living in CP for the past several months was apparently captured the other day by a member of the public who believed it would starve to death or freeze. The turkey was taken by this unknown person to Animal Care and Control, who in turn brought the turkey to a wildlife rehabilitator in Brooklyn.


The Rangers were all set to bring the turkey back to Central Park, but the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) has ordered the wildlife rehabilitator to reintroduce the bird to Pelham Bay Park, where there is already a flock of turkeys. The other option she was given was to euthanize the bird. She must comply with DEC or she risks losing her license.


The Rangers will work with her to release the bird in Pelham.


As always, if anyone has any questions, please feel free to call or email me.




Regina


Regina V. Alvarez
Director of Horticulture and Woodland Management
Central Park Conservancy
14 East 60th Street
New York City, NY 10022
212-988-9026


[End CPC Letter]


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Letter to the NYC Animal Care & Control:


Lincoln Karim
New York NY 10019


January 27, 2009


AC&C Administrative Offices
11 Park Place, Suite 805
New York, NY, 10007




This letter will also be faxed to (212) 442-2066


Re: Freedom of Information Law [FOIL] Request. AC&C involvement of a healthy Wild Turkey disappearance from Central Park, New York City around January 16th, 2009.


Dear Records Access Officer:


Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request records or portions thereof pertaining to:


The disappearance of a healthy Wild Turkey a.k.a 'Sugar Face'* from Central Park at or around January 16th, 2009. Your agency was quoted in an official statement from the Central Park Conservancy (pasted at the bottom of this letter) as being involved in the disappearance of this healthy animal which has been seen and photographed continually since Summer of 2008 until her disappearance around January 16, 2009.
The points I am most interested in are the following:


1. What is the name of the person/s who brought this animal to NYC AC&C?
If according to rumors the healthy bird was taken to AC&C by a member of the public; I would like to know who accepted this healthy animal and what action was taken by AC&C to see that this person received the appropriate law enforcement penalties for his/her action.
1b. Please describe how this person described in the letter below arrive at NYC AC&C with the wild turkey? Was it under his or her arms? Was it in a box?


2. What is the policy of NYC AC&C to accept healthy wild turkeys from members of the public?


3. On what date and time was the NYC AC&C notified of this Wildlife case and on what date and time did the AC&C take action on this Wildlife case. (I am attempting to ascertain the priority given and judgment used by the AC&C to this Wildlife case so I can compare it with other cases where the AC&C was involved of which I am familiar).


4. Assuming that a member of the public did call the NYC Animal Care and Control and that this agency found it fit to respond and take action to such a call; what were the point or points which the NYC AC&C used to justify their action?


5. How is the Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) classified/defined/listed by the NYC AC&C? (I am attempting to find whether the animal is considered by the NYC AC&C as dangerous animal or a disease carrier or any other classification you may associate with this bird).


6. According to the NYC AC&C laws/rules/regulations; are wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) allowed to land/forage/take refuge/ in Central Park?


7. Where and when was the wild turkey encountered and finally captured in Central Park?


8. This species of animal is a popular target for hunting throughout New York State and often a victim of urbanization. Why then was the NYC AC&C concerned about this one animal which obviously found refuge and safety in Central Park?


9. Please supply a copy of any NYC AC&C communication related to the subject line of this letter (written/electronic/verbal) to the NYS DEC.


10. Please supply a copy of any NYC AC&C communication related to the subject line of this letter (written/electronic/verbal) to any Wildlife rehabber/s involved in handling the wild turkey.


11. Please supply a copy of any NYC AC&C communication related to the subject line of this letter written/electronic/verbal to the NYC Parks & Recreation Department and or the Park's Commissioner Adrien Benepe or any other member of this department.


12. Please supply a copy of any NYC AC&C communication related to the subject line of this letter written/electronic/verbal to the Central Park Conservancy or any of this organization's employees.


13. Please supply a copy of any NYC AC&C communication related to the subject line of this letter written/electronic/verbal to any member/s of the public or park patron/s who may have contacted the NYS DEC directly or indirectly.


14. Please offer any other information you may believe useful to me in view of the above requests.


Please supply the records without informing me if the fees for this request are not in excess of $100.00.


As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five business days of receipt of a request. Therefore, I would appreciate a response as soon as possible and look forward to hearing from you shortly.


If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name and address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed.


Sincerely,
Lincoln Karim
www.palemale.com

*'Sugar Face' is a name given to this turkey by a seven year old girl who I often encountered in the company of the wild turkey in the Ramble (the common foraging grounds for the missing Wild Turkey).


The electronic delivery of this letter has attached to it several photographs of the Wild turkey which unhappily disappeared from Central Park around January 16, 2009.


Letter from Regina Alvarez of the Central Park Conservancy:


[Begin CPC Letter:]


The turkey that has been living in CP for the past several months was apparently captured the other day by a member of the public who believed it would starve to death or freeze. The turkey was taken by this unknown person to Animal Care and Control, who in turn brought the turkey to a wildlife rehabilitator in Brooklyn.
The Rangers were all set to bring the turkey back to Central Park, but the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) has ordered the wildlife rehabilitator to reintroduce the bird to Pelham Bay Park, where there is already a flock of turkeys. The other option she was given was to euthanize the bird. She must comply with DEC or she risks losing her license.
The Rangers will work with her to release the bird in Pelham.
As always, if anyone has any questions, please feel free to call or email me.
Regina


Regina V. Alvarez
Director of Horticulture and Woodland Management
Central Park Conservancy
14 East 60th Street
New York City, NY 10022
212-988-9026
[End CPC Letter]


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