What is a FOIL request? A Freedom of Information request (FOIL) is a request for access to Village Records pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law, article 6 sections 84-90).
Once the request form is received by the Village Clerk via fax or in person, the Village Attorney reviews the request with subject area personnel. The law pertains to records only. It is not intended for examination of employees or officials. The Village is not required to create a new record in response to a question or questions.
The Village may seek clarification of the requested information and may reasonably decline to honor a request that is not descriptive enough within the context of the Village's record keeping system.
All records are available, unless an exception permits an agency to deny access. Common sense and the potential for harm that might arise from a specific disclosure, such as that which could preclude the government from carrying out its duties, are things that could limit disclosure.