The Freedom of Information Law provides rights of access to records reflective of governmental decisions and policies that affect the lives of every New Yorker. However an agency does not have to create a new document in order to provide the individual the requested information.

A Records Access application is filled out by the individual requesting the information. If possible you should supply dates, titles, file designations, or any other information that will help find requested records.

Within 5 business days of the receipt of a written request for a record reasonably described, the agency must furnish a written acknowledgement of receipt of the request. Within 20 business days the agency must make the record available, deny access in writing giving the reasons for denial, or provide a statement of the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied.


Copies-$.25 per page

A fee for copying other records may be charged based upon the actual cost of reproduction.

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