Freedom of Information Law
In New York State, access to government records is provided under Public Officers Law, Article 6, Sections 84-90, commonly called Freedom of Information Law or "FOIL." This law enables citizens to view or to request copies of public records. To view or request copies of records held by the State University Construction Fund (SUCF) you may send a letter by mail; facsimile, or e-mail to:
Your FOIL request should specify the records you seek and include, if known, the file designation and inclusive dates. Most State University Construction Fund (SUCF) records are filed by project number that SUCF has assigned to a project. If known, that project number, the project title and campus name should be included in your request to aid in locating requested records.
A reasonably detailed current list, by subject matter, of records in the possession of SUCF is provided here, whether or not the record is available under FOIL. (Subject Matter List: PDF format, Text version)
All NYS agencies and public authorities are required by law to acknowledge a FOIL request in writing within five (5) business days of receipt of the request. At that time, the agency must indicate whether the request will be granted or denied and an approximate date of that response. If the agency has denied access to requested records or, if it fails to acknowledge receipt of a request within five business days, the requestor has the right to an appeal. An appeal must be made in writing within 30 days of such denial and sent to:
For more information about FOIL, visit the committe on Open Government's portion of NYS Department of State's web site at: www.dos.state.ny.us/coog. This site contains the full text of the Freedom of Information Law; more information about the process, as well as a sample letter that can be used to make a FOIL request.