More than a year after filing a lengthy public records request with Gov. Susana Martinez’s office — and more than seven months after filing a lawsuit against the governor over those requested records — Rick May, who was fired as the chief executive officer of the New Mexico Finance Authority, still hasn’t received most of the documents he’s seeking.
In response to a court-ordered deadline, lawyers for the governor handed over a 75-page log listing documents they claimed they did not have to release — or could release in redacted form. That was the only document released by the Governor’s Office. The Department of Finance and Administration released several documents, including several emails in which virtually the entire messages were blacked out and several documents that were outside the scope of the information May requested.
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A story published May 24 about a public information request filed by Rick May, the former CEO of the New Mexico Finance Authority state that in response to a court order, Gov. Susana Martinez's office only produced a 75 page document listing documents they claimed they did not have to release — or could release in redacted form. Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said Friday that prior to that court order, the Governor's Office had given May about 1,500 pages of documents and that the Department of Finance & Administration had released thousands more pages of documents. May's lawyer Steven Farber has said that many of the documents received were not related to the original records requests. Knell said Friday the governor has fulfilled her obligation. Farber disagrees.