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Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

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The Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law Article 6) is New York State’s principal statute on providing for public access to the records of government. The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Officer is responsible for ensuring an appropriate agency response to public requests for access to records.

For more information about the Freedom of Information Law, and the Personal Privacy Protection Law and the public’s right to gain access to government records, please visit the Committee on Open Government’s website (http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/index.htmlLink to External Website).

How to Make a FOIL Request:

If you wish to access a record under FOIL, you must make your request in writing, which can be hand-delivered or sent via U.S. Mail, E-mail or fax. Please be as specific as possible in describing the records in which you are interested. Within five business days of the receipt of a written request, we will send a written acknowledgement that the request was received. Please submit your inquiry to:

Alan Lebowitz
FOIL Officer
New York State Division of the Budget
Room 128, State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

E-mail: foil@budget.ny.gov

Phone: (518) 474-6300

Fax: (518) 402-2298

If access of requested records is permissible under the FOIL, such records will be sent to you or be made available for inspection and copying, by appointment, at a location within the offices of the New York State Division of the Budget during normal business hours. Records may be copied at a rate of $.25/page.

If you are denied access to a record, you may appeal to the following person:

David Lara
Deputy Budget Director
New York State Division of the Budget
Room 128, State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

Phone: (518) 474-7163

View the Records Series Titles & Retention & Disposition Guidelines. (PDF, 730KB)