Putnam Rejects Journal News FOIL Request

Putnam County will not be releasing records of pistol permit holders to Gannett’s The Journal News the Rockland County Times has learned.

A press conference will take place on Thursday in Putnam making the announcement official.  NYS Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I), Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant and other officials will gather on Thursday at the Putnam County Clerk’s office.

Ball and Sant said the Journal News’ publishing of gun permits in Rockland and Westchester is “unethical.” The officials noted the White Plains-based newspaper is now seeking records for other counties in New York State.

Sant acknowledged to Reuters that he is “defying” the request. “There is the rule of law, and there is right and wrong and the Journal News is clearly wrong,” Sant said in a statement. “I could not live with myself if one Putnam pistol permit holder was put in harm’s way, for the sole purpose of selling newspapers.”

Sant said he received hundreds of calls requesting him to deny the Journal News’ request made under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.