October 21, 2013/Press Releases

DiNardo to Foley: Request & Release Complete Road Rage Attack Records

“Foley has the right to all reports about the incident that are on file with the Southampton police, as well as any law enforcement agency that might have such records,” – NY Criminal Justice Service

HARTFORD, Conn. –  After the Hartford Courant revealed last week that Tom Foley’s felony arrest records do in fact exist, Connecticut Democratic Party Chair Nancy DiNardo called on Tom Foley to stop lying to the people of Connecticut and release all records related to his felony arrest.

“Tom Foley has the right to all reports by any New York law enforcement agency regarding his felony road rage arrest, so it’s time for Tom Foley to stop lying to Connecticut, request all the records, and make them public,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chair Nancy DiNardo. “If a newspaper can obtain some of Tom Foley’s arrest records, and they don’t even have the rights of the accused, then Tom Foley must request and release all of these records. The people of Connecticut need to see the prosecutor’s files and all other court records to determine what really happened that dangerous night, why charges were not pursued despite the overwhelming evidence against Mr. Foley, and if any sort of agreement was reached in order for the charges not to be pursued.”

Tom Foley previously stated that his attorney, who he would not name, requested the records regarding this felony arrest, but was told no records existed.  Mr. Foley has not provided proof of this assertion or explained why, as the accused, he could not obtain his own records despite a newspaper being able to obtain them.


New York Division Of Criminal Justice Official Said Foley Has The Right To Release All Reports About The 1981 Incident That Are On File. According to the Hartford Courant, “Foley has the right to all reports about the incident that are on file with the Southampton police, as well as any law enforcement agency that might have such records, Janine Kava, director of public information for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Service, said earlier this month. State statutes ‘provide that such records shall be made available to the person accused from any agency that has them,’ she said. The four passengers of Howe’s car either could not be reached or declined to comment.” [Hartford Courant, 10/15/13]

Foley Said He Had Exhausted All Efforts To Release All Records Of His 1981 Arrest, Saying There “Is Nothing Further For Me To Inquire About.” According to the CT Mirror, “But Foley said the two documents add little to the public narrative about his arrest at age 29, and he has no intention of repeating an effort he says he initiated three years ago, when The Courant disclosed the incident, relying on a July 2, 1981 account in the Southampton Press. ‘When this arose in 2010, I inquired through an attorney what records existed in Southampton and was told there was no record, either in the district attorney’s office or the Southampton police department related to the incident,’ Foley told The Mirror in an interview Tuesday. ‘I have no reasons to believe that’s not true. There is nothing further for me to inquire about.'” [CT Mirror, 10/16/13]

October 2013: Hartford Courant Obtained Police Documents Of Foley’s 1981 Arrest. According to the Hartford Courant, “Documents obtained by The Courant about a 1981 car crash involving Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley paint a dramatically different picture from the account that he gave during his failed 2010 governor’s campaign when he described the event as an accidental bump at low speed in traffic. The documents — which contain accounts from those who were in the other vehicle and a description of the physical condition of their car — say that Foley, then 29, drove behind a car full of people on a dark Long Island road in his Toyota Land Cruiser after a party and hit it five times in three separate locations.” [Hartford Courant, 10/15/13]


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