FOIL (FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW)
New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (Article 6 of the Public Officers Law) provides a process for the public inspection and copying of agency records. While most of these records are available to the public, some agency records or portions of them are exempt from disclosure pursuant to the provisions of FOIL.
Making a FOIL Request
A FOIL request for records of the OIG must be in writing, and may be delivered personally, or by regular mail, fax or email to:
Records Access Officer
Office of the Inspector General - MTA
Two Penn Plaza, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10121
Telephone: (212) 878-0001
Fax: (212) 878-0003
Your request must include your name, address and any other relevant additional contact information, and as specific a description of the records sought as possible. The request may specify whether you wish to inspect the records (see below) or have copies provided to you. In the absence of a stated preference, we will assume you wish to obtain copies of available records.
Please understand that we cannot determine whether the records you are seeking will be disclosed until we receive and review your written request. Some records may contain a combination of public information and restricted information. We will review each record requested and remove (or “redact”) the restricted information before it is sent to you.
Inspection of Records
You may inspect available records at the OIG, by appointment with the Records Access Officer, during regular business days and hours.
Statutory Copying Fees
Fees for copies of records may be charged as provided by FOIL (Public Officers Law Section 87[b][iii]). There is no charge for inspection of records.
Committee on Open Government
The Committee on Open Government, an agency of the New York State Department of State, is responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to FOIL, the Open Meetings Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law. For the text of these laws, as well as the regulations and publications of the Committee, click here.