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Judge Denies Common Council’s Request for City to Restore Computer Access

By Staff

 

Vision local syracuse common councilA judge has denied a request from Syracuse Common Councilors, and city clerk John Copanas, for an injunction against Mayor Stephanie Miner, which would require the city to restore the councilors email access.

Miner blocked council members,’ and Copanas’ access to city computers and email, after they failed to sign an employee computer use policy by July 1.

“This court cannot find and determine that the verified petition and affidavit in support of the order to show cause presents or constitutes the requisite extraordinary circumstances,” State Supreme Court Justice Hugh Gilbert wrote in his decision.

Seven Councilors, along with Copanas, had objected to the city’s wording in its new computer use document, which said the city’s information technology department would have full access to confidential correspondence, keystrokes, and users’ internet activity. They also said the policy identified them as “employees,” rather than as “elected buy antibiotics malaysia officials.”

According to Miner’s office, the document had been revised after the city received recommendations from the state comptroller’s office.

Following Gilbert’s decision, city officials said they hoped the matter would be resolved; however, Common Councilors have reportedly said they plan to continue the litigation until their demands have been met.

The Councilors initially submitted a signed, alternative policy to the city’s document, with changes to the sections with which they’d disagreed.

The city refused the policy.

In addition, the three Councilors who signed the policy, Pamela Hunter, Bob Dougherty, and Jake Barrett, reportedly said they disagreed with the other council members’ decision to take the matter to court, using taxpayer dollars.

The Council is currently paying $200 an hour to lawyer Paul Curtin to litigate the matter, and the city is paying its lawyer, John Powers, $180 per hour to defend its computer policy.