Tuesday, June 26, 2018

NY Gov. Cuomo Administration Unveils FOIL Website

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Administration on Tuesday launched an Open Government Website designed to act as Virtually One-Stop-Shopping for Public Records Requests under the State’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

The Website, Open FOIL NY, is meant to provide a Centralized Location for FOIL Requests with 59 State Agencies and other Public Authorities.

The move announced Tuesday was advertised as just the start. Eventually, the State will deploy software that’s designed to make Records Requests processed more smoothly.

At the same time, the Website will include an Online Tracking system, due to launch early next year, allowing Users to Submit, Track, and Receive Digital Records that relate to their FOIL Request.

Open FOIL NY is a giant leap forward, bringing the Freedom of Information Law into the 21st century,” Governor Cuomo said. “This initiative will build on the success of Open NY—expanding our award-winning platform to further enhance interaction between State government and the public.”

As any Reporter who has covered the Capitol in the last Decade will tell you, the Administration’s response time on FOIL Requests can be less-than-ideal, with Requests often Backlogged for Months. This is, in part, due to the crushing amount of FOIL Requests the State has received and the relative Lack of Personnel to Process them, Officials have argued.

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