Request for Access to Records

The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) (NYS Public Officers Law, Sec. 87, Article 6) assures the public’s right to obtain government documents and records. Requests for access to records can be made in person or in writing.  A form is provided for your convenience.  Please be as clear as possible so we can assist you in a timely manner. We can not always fulfill requests on demand, although we will let you know approximately how long it will take.     

Click here to get a "REQUEST FOR ACCESS TO RECORDS" fill-in form in PDF format.

Requests may be sent via email , via USPS mail or hand-delivered (M-F from 8am to 4pm.) to:

Town of Ithaca Records Management Officer

215 N. Tioga St., Ithaca, NY   14850

Telephone (607) 273-1721



Upon receiving a request that reasonably describes the record(s) sought, the Records Access Officer, who is also the Town Clerk, must respond within five (5) business days of receipt of the request.  If the Records Access Officer does not provide access to the record(s) sought within five (5) business days of receipt of a request, the Officer will furnish a written acknowledgement of receipt of the request and a statement of the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied. If access to records is neither granted nor denied within ten (10) business days after the acknowledgement of receipt of a request, the request may be construed as a denial of access that may be appealed.

Copy charges and fees related to Freedom of Information Law are located in Ithaca Town Law, Sec. 153-4. Town Clerk:  Freedom of Information Law: www.e-codes.generalcode.com/codebook_frameset.asp?ep=fs&t=ws&cb=1944_A

More information and a copy of the NYS Law is available from New York State’s Committee on Open Government Web site at www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/foil2.htm