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NYC Dept. of Buildings: Portions of WTC 7 Emergency Command Center “Plans” Withheld, Release Would “Endanger ... Life or Safety”

The New York City Department of Buildings (DoB) has reported within a May 4, 2011 Freedom of Information (FOI) response, that portions of requested DoB records pertaining to the former NYC Office of Emergency Management command center located within the former World Trade Center building 7 are exempt from release.

“Your request will be granted in part and denied in part. Under FOIL the Department will release copies of all documents we have pertaining to the above referenced address but we will not release copies of plans. We are withholding the plans under §87(2)(t) of the Public Officer's Law on the grounds that, if disclosed, the documents requested would endanger the life or safety of any person.”

To date, no reportedly releasable records have been received.

April 15, 2011 FOI request:

Records Access Officer/Freedom of Information Requests
Attn: Angela Orridge
280 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 566-2899
Fax: (212) 566-3843

Re: Freedom of Information request

To Whom It May Concern:

I respectfully request copies of the following NYC Department of Buildings records:

All records and/or permits regarding modifications to the former World Trade Center Building 7 to accommodate to the installation of the New York City Office of Emergency Management, formerly located at the former World Trade Center Building 7. Such modifications were reportedly completed in 1999 or shortly before 1999.

Please be advised that disclosure of the requested information is not in my commercial interest.

Thank you.

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I want to ask,

Exactly how the release of plans, for a demolished building,"would endanger the life or safety of any person.”

They shouldn't be able to make such a blanket statement of exemption without a thorough explanation.

May I contact them?