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Freedom of Information Law

The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) is a New York Law that provides an avenue to access certain records of public agencies. The law establishes a presumption of openness and access to agency records, although there are exceptions that permit an agency to deny access. The purpose of FOIL is to ensure the public's right to know the process of governmental decision-making and to help the public make informed choices with respect to the direction and scope of governmental activities.