Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests

What is Freedom of Information  Law (FOIL)?

§84. Legislative declaration.
The legislature hereby finds that a free society is maintained when government is responsive and responsible to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions. The more open a government is with its citizenry, the greater the understanding and participation of the public in government.

As state and local government services increase and public problems become more sophisticated and complex and therefore harder to solve, and with the resultant increase in revenues and expenditures, it is incumbent upon the state and its localities to extend public accountability wherever and whenever feasible.

The people's right to know the process of governmental decision-making and to review the documents and statistics leading to determinations is basic to our society. Access to such information should not be thwarted by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy or confidentiality. The legislature therefore declares that government is the public's business and that the public, individually and collectively and represented by a free press, should have access to the records of government in accordance with the provisions of this article.

 

More information regarding the Freedom of Information Law
visit - http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/foil2.html

How to make a FOIL Request to Otsego County

Below are the FOIL applications and contact information for agencies within the county. Please locate the appropriate for your request, fill out the application and return it.

General Requests:

Please fill out and return the following Application for Public Access to Records (PDF)

Records Access Officer

Carol McGovern

Records Access Officer
Otsego County
197 Main St
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Appeals

Kathy Clark

Records Access Appeals
Otsego County
197 Main St
Cooperstown, NY 13326


Otsego County Sheriff's Office

Please fill out and return the following Records Release Application (PDF)

Records Access Officer

Sgt. Raymond Freer


Records Division
Otsego County Sheriff's Office
172 Cty Hwy 33W
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Appeals

Sheriff Richard Devlin

Records Division Appeals
Otsego County Sheriff's Office
172 Cty Hwy 33W
Cooperstown, NY 13326

 

District Attorney's Office

Please fill out and return the following Application for Public Access to Records (PDF)


Records Access Officer

Will Green


Records Access Officer
Otsego County District Attorney's Office
197 Main St
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Appeals

John Muehl

Records Access Appeals
Otsego County District Attorney's Office
197 Main St
Cooperstown, NY 13326