2012-04-13 / Top Stories

Court: Turn Over Damning 911 Report

Mayor Bloomberg was ordered last week to release a scathing analysis of the city’s perpetually troubled 911 and emergency-dispatch systems.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron, after a 30-minute hearing, told city lawyers they have one week to turn over a copy of the so-called “911 CPR” analysis and all drafts of the document. Engoron dismissed the city’s objections and said City Hall cannot keep the report from the public.

“I trust the city is not going to obfuscate,” Engoron said, concluding the hearing.

Afterward, as he drafted his order, the judge even mocked city lawyers awaiting his official ruling, saying, “This is just a draft. I can’t reveal it.”

The damning report – officially called “911 Call Processing Review” – and the city’s all-out efforts to keep the document secret, were revealed last week by the New York Post.

The document’s existence was confirmed in testimony given as part of a complex labor-arbitration case filed against the city by two fire unions. The unions have subpoenaed the report in their effort to show the city’s 911 system is worse than ever despite $2 billion in improvements.

City Hall argued the report should not be released because it is still a “draft.” Last Friday, the mayor himself said during his weekly radio show that the document was being withheld because it might not be accurate.

“You can’t take a working paper where no one’s really checked the facts and just put it out,” Hizzoner said on WOR.

City Law Department spokeswoman Kate O’Brien Ahlers said the administration was “very disappointed” by the judge’s ruling. “We will be consulting on the next move.”

The administration can appeal the order to the state Appellate Division.

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