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Judge tosses suit seeking info from NYC city ID applications

Posted at 11:51 AM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 11:51:33-04

NEW YORK — A judge has rejected a bid to force New York City to turn over redacted versions of documents people provided to apply for immigrant-friendly municipal ID cards.

Manhattan judge Nancy Bannon’s decision was filed Monday.

The “IDNYC” cards are available to all city residents but aimed at those without other ID. Over 900,000 cards have been issued since 2015.

State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and then-Assemblyman Ronald Castorina Jr. sued for cardholders’ passports and other application documents, with personal information redacted.

The city argued the information is shielded by privacy and personal-safety exemptions to public records laws. The city also said redaction would be burdensome and add nothing beyond statistics already released.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio hailed Bannon’s decision. A message was sent to Malliotakis, his 2017 Republican opponent.