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Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)


New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law §87 et. seq. ) allows members of the public to access records of governmental agencies.  FOIL provides a process for the review and copying of an agency’s records.

How to File a FOIL Request:
Your request for records must be in writing and can be emailed, faxed or mailed to the Records Access Officer within the Erie County Comptroller’s Office.  Please describe in detail the records that you are seeking. Please include your phone number and mailing address so our office can contact you with any questions.  Please note that the Erie County Comptroller's Office is an independently elected office within County government (Board of Elections, Clerk, Sheriff and Legislature are as well) and as such, administers its own FOIL request and appeals process, independent of the current administration's process. 

FOIL Appeal Procedures:
Any person denied access to a record may within thirty days appeal in writing.

Mailing Address:
Records Access Officer
Erie County Comptroller’s Office
Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Room 1100 
Buffalo, NY 14202

Phone: (716) 858-8400
Fax: (716) 858-8507

To read the entire Freedom of Information Law, please
click here.

Information on other important contacts are listed below:
U.S. Department of Justice
NYS Comptroller
Other NYS Agencies

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