New York FOI Resources

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Reinvent Albany (NFOIC Affiliate)
148 Lafayette Street
New York, N.Y. 10013
Contact: John Kaehny, Executive Director
(917) 388-9087
http://www.reinventalbany.org
Email: info@reinventalbany.org
 
 
Tully Center for Free Speech
Newhouse School, Syracuse University
215 University Place, Newhouse II Room 381
Syracuse, NY 13244-2100
Contact: Roy Gutterman, Associate Professor
(315) 443-3523
http://tully.syr.edu/
Email rsgutter@syr.edu

QUICK FOI INFORMATION

Open Meetings Law NY Pub. Off. Law sec. 103 et seq.
Closed: Litigation strategy discussions; collective bargaining; certain real estate transactions; certain personnel matters; and matters which would imperil public safety or law enforcement or disclose identity of informant. Open Meetings Law Advisory Opinion Index

Open Records Law NY Pub. Off. Law sec. 84 et seq.
Exempt: Disclosures resulting in unwarranted invasion of privacy or business/competition enterprises; names of sex crime victims; and some law enforcement records and inter/intra-agency materials.

CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK

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FOI HOTLINE

Committee on Open Government
(518) 474-2518
Contact: Robert Freeman, Executive Director
coog@dos.state.ny.us
http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/index.html
"The Committee is responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom of Information Law, the Open Meetings Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law(Public Officers Law, Articles 6, 7 and 6-A respectively). Staff of the Committee gives advice by telephone, email, written advisory opinions, and training classes conducted throughout the state. Advice is offered to the government, the public and the news media.

 

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CONTACTS

Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol
Albany, NY 12224-0341
Phone (518) 474-7330
http://www.oag.state.ny.us/
Email NYSAG@www.oag.state.ny.us

The New York Bar Association
One Elk St.
Albany, NY 12207
Phone (518) 463-3200
Fax (518) 487-5517
http://www.nysba.org/

Committee on Open Government
New York Department of State
41 State Street
Albany, NY 12231-0001
Phone (518) 474-2518
Fax (518) 474-1927
http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/index.html
Email forms

State Sunshine Chair
Jeannie Cross
acjnews@rcn.com

Fair Trial Free Press Conference

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FORM LETTERS

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (800) 336-4243 or (703) 807-2100
Email rcfp@rcfp.org
FOIA Letter Generator

 

Student Press Law Center
1101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone (703) 807-1904
Email splc@splc.org
Request Letter Generator

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PUBLICATIONS

Legal Handbook for New York State Journalists
The New York State Bar Association first published the Legal Handbook for New York State Journalists in 1986. The book has been widely praised by both journalists and lawyers for its straight-forward, easy-to-understand treatment of legal topics. It is designed specifically for the use of busy New York state journalists, but it has also been adopted as a class text for newswriting, reporting, and editing classes in New York state colleges and universities. Read it here.
 

Open Government Guide from the
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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