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FOIL Requests

What is Freedom of Information  Law (FOIL)?

§84. Legislative declaration. 
The legislature hereby finds that a free society is maintained when a 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

General Requests
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 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

David Bliss

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