Please feel free to contact below if you are denied or railroaded from public information from our town. Foils can also be asked for in electronic form and e-mailed to you or in CD form at your request, if they are kept in that form. This will help save paper, money and time. All done by law in "5 day period".
The Committee on Open Government is responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom of Information. Each agency shall, in accordance with its published rules, make available for public inspection and copying all records.
§84. Legislative declaration. The legislature hereby finds that a free society is maintained when government is responsive and responsible to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions. The more open a government is with its citizenry, the greater the understanding and participation of the public in government.
As state and local government services increase and public problems become more sophisticated and complex and therefore harder to solve, and with the resultant increase in revenues and expenditures, it is incumbent upon the state and its localities to extend public accountability wherever and whenever feasible.
The people's right to know the process of governmental decision-making and to review the documents and statistics leading to determinations is basic to our society. Access to such information should not be thwarted by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy or confidentiality. The legislature therefore declares that government is the public's business and that the public, individually and collectively and represented by a free press, should have access to the records of government in accordance with the provisions of this article. NYS Department of State Committee on Open Government One Commerce Plaza 99 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12231Telephone: (518) 474-2518 Fax: (518) 474-1927 E-Mail: Contact Committee directly through the Department of State contact page http://www.dos.state.ny.us/coog/coogwww.html
Any and all town information you are entitled to know upon request.
It's called a FOIL: Each entity subject to the provisions of this article, within FIVE business days of the receipt of a written request. Copy from your computer on the town site or get a form from the town clerks office. Remember to always state- "Document of"-(then what you wish to have). NEVER put information you want in a question, they will not answer.
New subject see- THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 5 U.S.C. § 552 As Amended in 2002. This is disturbing in the sense that last year Mr. Nolan was having residents foil information for his use knowing it was law and had to be given, but now when residents are foiling for their use and knowledge he is denying it! This is no way to be a Supervisor .
This is something everyone is entitled to. Your hard earned tax dollars pay the salary of staff to whom can retrieve this or any information for you as you pay for it anyway in your taxes. The only charge you will have, will be if you need copies, other wise you already pay for this service in your taxes, something every business and government has and you are rightfully entitled to.
This LAW has been chosen to be abused and ignored by the current administration, Nolans person in charge Ms Catherine Green is probably doing what she has been told, but losing foils, delaying them, hiding them, not letting them go through proper procedure puts your reputation on the line. This is not something you can adjust to your liking, it's law, and they're breaking it. Information ONLY that the current administration wants to be seen their way is put out. Maybe some newspapers should understand this before they are embarrassed by facts. This is clearly hypocrites breaking the law.
Public Information request form click below--- start your question with Document of- anything you want to know about spending your money and then some.
THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 5 U.S.C. § 552 As Amended in 2002
§ 552. Public information; agency rules, opinions, orders, records, and proceedings
(a) Each agency shall make available to the public information as follows:
(1) Each agency shall separately state and currently publish in the Federal Register for the guidance of the public--
(A) descriptions of its central and field organization and the established places at which, the employees (and in the case of a uniformed service, the members) from whom, and the methods whereby, the public may obtain information, make submittals or requests, or obtain decisions;
(B) statements of the general course and method by which its functions are channeled and determined, including the nature and requirements of all formal and informal procedures available;
(C) rules of procedure, descriptions of forms available or the places at which forms may be obtained, and instructions as to the scope and contents of all papers, reports, or examinations;
(D) substantive rules of general applicability adopted as authorized by law, and statements of general policy or interpretations of general applicability formulated and adopted by the agency; and
(2) Each agency, in accordance with published rules, shall make available for public inspection and copying--
(A) final opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions, as well as orders, made in the adjudication of cases;
(C) administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public;
(D) copies of all records, regardless of form or format, which have been released to any person under paragraph (3) and which, because of the nature of their subject matter, the agency determines have become or are likely to become the subject of subsequent requests for substantially the same
In making any record available to a person under this paragraph, an agency shall provide the record in any form or format requested by the person if the record is readily reproducible by the agency in that form or format. Each agency shall make reasonable efforts to maintain its records in forms or formats that are reproducible for purposes of this section.
Fees shall be limited to reasonable standard charges for document search, duplication, and review, when records are requested for commercial use;
(II) fees shall be limited to reasonable standard charges for document duplication when records are not sought for commercial use and the request is made by an educational or noncommercial scientific institution, whose purpose is scholarly or scientific research; or a representative of the news media; and
(III) for any request not described in (I) or (II), fees shall be limited to reasonable standard charges for document search and duplication.
(iii) Documents shall be furnished without any charge or at a charge reduced below the fees established under clause (ii) if disclosure of the information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.
Any person who, with intent to prevent public inspection of a record pursuant to this article, willfully conceals or destroys any such record shall be guilty of a violation.
Form in which you or anyone can fill out from the town for information you wish to see- (sample) You can get this at the town clerks office and file it there for proper procedure.
ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES MANUAL REVISED 12/14/95 TOWN 107 - TOWN OF ISLIP APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC ACCESS TO RECORDS ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT DATE
HERE To: Records Access Officer
Department ___________________Warning: Pursuant to Penal Law Section
175.20 and 175.25, it is a crime to tamper in any way with public records.
I hereby apply to inspect the following record:_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________ADDRESS _________________________________________DATE ______________________________________________________________________________ TELEPHONE # _____________________________FOR DEPARTMENT USE ONLY (This request will be processed in 5 working days) Approved Record does not existr Denied (for reason (s) checked below) Unwarranted Invasion of Personal Privacy Law Enforcement records Exempted by statute other than the Freedom of Information Act to the competitive position of the subject enterpriseRecords maintained for the regulation of commercial enterprise which if disclosed would cause injuryr Would impair contract awards or collective bargaining negotiationsr Would endanger the life or safety of any personr Exempt inter-agency or intra-agency materialsr Exempt examination questions or answers_____________________________________________________________________________ Signature Title DateFEE SCHEDULEThe fee for a copy not in exccess of 9. x 14. is 25 cents per page. For anything else, the fee is the
actual cost of reproduction. Total number of pages copied:_____________Total Fee: _________
NOTICE: You have the right to appeal a denial of this application. You are entitled to an explanation
of the reason for such denial in writing within 7 days of the appeal.
I hereby appeal:
Signature ______________________________________ Date