If records from New York City are important to you, or keeping the access open for everyone is important to you, then please pay attention to this notice we received from Roni Seibel Liebowitz, President of JGS New York.
NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg wants to eliminate the autonomy of NYC’s Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), the agency responsible for the records and archival documents produced by the city government. The proposed legislation would place the currently independent agency within the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).
DORIS was created in 1977 to remove archives and records services from the Municipal Services Administration, the predecessor of today’s DCAS. In 1995, Mayor Giuliani proposed to merge DORIS with the Department of General Services, but it was successfully argued against.
Now it is in danger of disappearing inside of another agency again. Downgrading the authority of DORIS potentially puts at risk its ability to preserve, protect, and make accessible the intellectual legacy of one of the world’s greatest cities.
Please sign the petition. Every signature counts.