FOIL stands for the Freedom of Information Law passed in 1974. FOIL allows citizens to gain access to government records, allowing them to become more knowledgeable about their government officials and the decisions they make. All local and state governmental organizations are bound by the law and must provide access to records unless the records fall into the eleven types of information that cannot be requested (described below).
For more information about the Freedom of Information Act, you may wish to visit the web site of New York State’s Committee on Open Government.
If you have any additional questions or problems, please contact the Records Access Office either by email, email@example.com, or by phone, 607-778-8869, and a staff member can provide further assistance.