Section 50-A

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State Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita denied a request Tuesday by police and fire unions to protect certain disciplinary records from public release.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Oral arguments will continue next month in a lawsuit filed by the unions representing Buffalo police officers and firefighters, in their bid to halt the release of certain disciplinary and personnel records to the public. On Wednesday, all but two of several motions by parties looking to get involved in case were denied.

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The New York Assembly and Senate has approved the repeal of a measure that’s been used to shield police disciplinary records from the public, although opponents, including police unions and some Republican Senators, says it unfairly singles out officers for scrutiny that other public servants don’t face.





For almost half a century, Section 50-A of a New York state law sealed personnel information about police officers, firefighters and corrections officers. Some of it is truly personal: home address, family information, even data about a police officer who might once have had substance problems. That information may become public Monday, with state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo planning to repeal that legal provision of the Civil Service Law and open up information.