OF INFORMATION LAW (FOIL)
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 government.
The Records Access Officer (in Livonia, this is the Town Clerk)
is responsible for ensuring appropriate agency response to public
requests for access to records.
If you wish to make
a FOIL request, you must make your request in writing. Please
be as specific as possible in describing the records in which
you are interested. Within 5 business days of the receipt of your
request, we will send a written acknowledgment that we have received
Certain records or
portions of records are excepted from disclosure under authority
of Public Officers Law Section 87.2 (a-1). Should your request
be denied, you will be notified in writing stating the reason
for the denial and advising your right to an appeal.
For more information
on FOIL law, you may visit the New York State Office of General
Services web site at: www.ogs.ny.gov.
and Obtaining Records via Email
recently approved legislation (Chapter 182) to amend the Freedom
of Information Law that requires the Committee on Open Government
"to develop a form, which shall be made available on the
Internet, that may be used by the public to request a record".
The new law further requires as follows:
shall, provided such entity has reasonable means available, accept
requests for records submitted in the form of electronic mail
and shall respond to such requests by electronic mail, using forms,
to the extent practicable, consistent with the form or forms developed
by the Committee on Open Government pursuant to subdivision one
of this section and provided that the written requests do not
seek a response in some other form."
The form for requesting
records via email is available