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Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

As a state agency, Farmingdale State is subject to the Freedom of Information Law.  We have posted the regulations, as required, on our website, at the Human Resources Office and at the campus Library in Greenley Hall. 

A person, outside agency or group may request information from the College by writing our Records Access Officer, Jill Silvestro. The request must reasonably describe the record or records that are being requested, and be as specific as possible (i.e., indicate dates, titles, specific files and designations, as appropriate). Reasonable fees may be charged for duplication of materials or for clerical assistance. 

On May 3, 2005, Governor Pataki signed into law an amendment to New York’s Freedom of Information Law. The Committee on Open Government has summarized the law as follows: 

“When an agency receives a request, §89(3) of the Freedom of Information Law requires that it has five business days to grant or deny access in whole or in part, or if more time is needed, to acknowledge the receipt of the request in writing. The acknowledgement must include an approximate date that indicates when an agency will grant or deny the request.

If more than twenty additional business days are needed, the agency must provide an explanation and a date certain within which it will grant or deny the request in whole or in part. That date, too, must be reasonable in consideration of the facts (i.e., the volume or complexity of the request, the need to search for records, or the obligation to review records to determine rights of access)."

Any person, group, or agency who feels that a request has been denied unfairly may appeal within 30 days. Appeals must be in writing, stating the reason, and should be sent to the FOIL Appeals Officer, State University of New York, SUNY Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany, New York 12246. Copies of all relevant correspondence will be sent to the State office, and Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules will be followed.

Please direct questions or requests for information to the College's Records Access Officer:

Name: Jill Silvestro
Address: Farmingdale State College
Horton Hall 145
Farmingdale, New York 11735
Phone: 631-420-2728
Fax: 631-420-9173
E-mail: silvesj@farmingdale.edu

Application for Public Access to Records (pdf)