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Court: NYC can't appeal over ex-chancellor emails

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York state's highest court says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg must release emails between his office and former schools chancellor Cathie Black.

The state Court of Appeals has rejected a motion by Bloomberg's office seeking to keep the emails private.

The emails were requested by a journalist under the Freedom of Information Law. City lawyers contended the emails were exempt from the law.

Sergio Hernandez sued the administration after officials denied his request for emails concerning Black's hiring and brief tenure in 2011.

A judge ordered the city to release the emails. The city appealed, and an Appellate Court upheld the judge's decision.

The city had sought to appeal to the Court of Appeals. The court rejected that motion Thursday.

The city Law Department did not immediately comment.