Freedom of Information

 

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 goverment. The records access officer is responsible for ensuring appropriate agency response to public requests for access to records.

 

How to Submit a FOIL Request

If you wish to access a record under the FOIL, you must make your request in writing. Please be as specific as possible in describing the records in which you are interested.  We encourage you to email your request to northeasttown@taconic.net . Just put FOIL Request in the subject line.  A formal FOIL Request form is not required. Within five business days of receipt of a request, we will send you an acknowledgement that we received the request.  Some information may be downloaded from this website.

 

If you do not find the information that you seek here or don’t have email, please email a completed Foil Request form or mail it to:

Lisa Cope

Records Access Officer

Town of North East

19 N. Maple Ave

PO Box 516

Millerton, NY 12546

Why you Might Be Denied Access to a FOIL Request

Certain Records or portions thereof are excepted from disclosure under authority of Public Officers Law Section 87.2(a-1). These records include those which:

  • Are specifically exempted from disclosure under state or federal statute
  • If disclosed, would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy
  • If disclosed, would impair present or imminent contract awards or collective bargaining negotiations
  • Are trade secrets or submitted to the agency or are derived from information obtained from a commercial enterprise and which, if disclosed, would cause substantial injury to the competitve position of the subject enterprise.
  • Are compiled for law enforcement purposes and which if disclosed would interfere with law enforecement investigations or judicial proceedings, deprive a person of the right to a fair trial or impartial adjudication, identify a confidentail source, or disclose confidential information regarding a criminal investigation, or reveal criminal investiagative techniques or procedures, except routine techniques and procedures
  • If disclosed would endanger the life and safety of any person
  • Are inter-agency or intra-agency materials which are not statistical or factual tabulations or data, instructions to staff which afffect the public, or are final agency policies or determinations, are external audits, including audits performed by the comptroller and the federal goverment computer codes.
  • Are examination questions or answers which are requested prior to the final administration of such questions.

A denial of access must be writing, stating the reason for denial and advising your right to an appeal.

 

How to Appeal When You’ve Been Denied Access

If you’ve been denied access by the Records Access Office, you will be notified by them in writing. You have a right to appeal, but you must do so within 30 days. An appeal must be filed in writing and mailed to :

George Kaye

Town Supervisor

Town of North East

19 N. Maple Ave,

PO Box 516

Millerton, NY 12546

You can also fax a request to 518-789-3399.

 

FOIL Fee Schedule

There is a charge of $0.25 per page for copies, not in excess of 11 by 17 inches. A fee for copy of other records will be charged based upon the actual cost of reproduction.