Freedom of Information (FOIL)
About Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
The Freedom of Information Law was designed to ensure the public’s right to government records. To assist the public, the Office of the State Comptroller provides a broad range of information on our website.
The Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”), which is set forth in Article 6 of the Public Officers Law (§§84-90), requires that an agency make all records available for public inspection and copying, except to the extent that records or portions thereof fall within one or more grounds for denial set forth in that statute.
The New York State Personal Privacy Protection Law (“PPPL”), which is set forth in Article 6-A of the Public Officers Law (§§91-99), is intended to protect your privacy by regulating the manner in which state agencies collect, maintain and disseminate personal information about you. The PPPL (i) grants you a right of access to records maintained by state agencies containing personal information about you; (ii) permits you to correct or amend information that is inaccurate or irrelevant; (iii) prohibits state agencies from collecting personal information that is irrelevant or unnecessary for their official purposes; (iv) requires that state agencies requesting personal information from you disclose why the information is being collected, how the information will be used, where the information will be maintained, and the consequences of failing to provide the requested information; and (v) protects you against disclosures of your personal information without your consent, except as specifically authorized in the law.
How to file a FOIL request:
Your request for records must be in writing and can be emailed, faxed or mailed to the Records Access Officer. Please describe in detail the records that you are seeking. Please include your phone number and mailing address so our office can contact you with any questions.
Mailing Address:Empire State Development
Records Access Officer
633 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10017
Lisa Lim, Sr. Counsel LLim@esd.ny.gov
A complete list of FOIL contacts at other state agencies is also available.