One of the greatest freedoms we enjoy is the ability to get information
from our governing bodies. This ability is called Freedom
of Information Law (thus FOIL) and we thought it might be
helpful to walk you through the process which may otherwise feel
Say theres a nearby subdivision proposed and youd like
to know whats going on.
To look at the subdivision maps, letters from the Town Engineer,
DEP etc. youll need to look through the file.
Heres what youll need to
1. Print up the FOIL form weve posted below . It is not necessary
to use this or any other form. You may use your own or ask in letter
2. Fill in the top of the form. Remember: all information that you
give is optional. You can leave everything but the request itself
blank if you so choose. Also, if you dont know what department
youre FOILing the Town Clerks office will help you.
3. Bring the FOIL to your Town Clerk.
4. Have the office make a copy. This will cost .25 per page but
The Clerk then has five business days to respond.
If your request is denied there will be a reason given and you may
appeal that decision.
If you encounter difficulties the Committee on Open Government
has a terrific website: http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/coogwww.html
The Director, Robert Freeman, is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.
Thats it. Its that simple.
And of course were just an e-mail away if youd like