Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Public Officer's Law, Article 6.
The Freedom of Information Law provides the public with the right to access certain government records.
The New York State Legislature clearly noted the purpose of FOIL:
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. (New York State Public Officers Law §84)
The People's right to know the process of government decision-making and 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. (Laws of Rockland County, Chapter 329-1)
Rockland County wishes to assist the general public in making online FOIL requests. If you wish to make an online FOIL request for documents, go to our Online Request form, which you can fill out and submit online. This form will direct your FOIL request to the appropriate County Agency. Your request will be processed from the date it is received.
Online FOIL Request Form
In order for your online request to be processed, you must provide the following required information:
- Telephone number
- Valid email address
Please Note: If your Email address is incorrect your submission cannot be processed