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 e-mailed to Town Clerk ;
via USPS mail or hand-delivered (weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) to:
Town of Ithaca Records Management
215 N. Tioga St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
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