What is the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)?
The New York State Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sections 84-90) requires that New York State agencies, including the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (“DASNY”) make its records available for public access. Records mean “any information kept, held, filed, produced or reproduced by, with, or for an agency or the state legislature, in any physical form whatsoever including, but not limited to, reports, statements, examinations, memoranda, opinions, folders, files, books, manuals, pamphlets, forms, papers, designs, drawings, maps, photos, letters, microfilms, computer tapes or discs, regulations or codes.” The Authority must allow people to read records free of charge, and charges 25 cents per page for standard-sized (8.5” x 11”), photocopied records. For records that are in excess of nine inches by fourteen inches, the actual cost of reproducing will be charged to the requestor.
For more information on FOIL, go the New York State Department of State’s website, Committee on Open Government. http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/