Village of Fort Edward, NY
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Fort Edward 4-7-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1986 (Ch. 66 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
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The people's right to know the process of government decision-making and 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.
B. 
These regulations provide information concerning the procedures by which records may be obtained.
C. 
Personnel shall furnish to the public the information and records required by the Freedom of Information Law, as well as records otherwise available by law.
D. 
Any conflicts among laws governing public access to records shall be construed in favor of the widest possible availability of public records.
A. 
The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring compliance with the regulations herein and designates the following person as records access officer: Village Clerk, Municipal Center, 118 Broadway, Fort Edward, New York.
B. 
The records access officer is responsible for ensuring appropriate agency response to public requests for access to records. The designation of the records access officer shall not be construed to prohibit officials who have in the past been authorized to make records or information available to the public from continuing to do so.
C. 
The records access officer shall ensure that personnel:
(1) 
Maintain an up-to-date subject matter list.
(2) 
Assist the requester in identifying requested records, if necessary.
(3) 
Upon locating the records, take one of the following actions:
(a) 
Make records available for inspection.
(b) 
Deny access to the records in whole or in part and explain in writing the reasons therefor.
(4) 
Upon request for copies of records, take one of the following actions:
(a) 
Make a copy available upon payment of or an offer to pay the established fees, if any, in accordance with § 248-8.
(b) 
Permit the requester to copy those records.
(5) 
Upon request, certify that a record is a true copy.
(6) 
Upon failure to locate records, certify that:
(a) 
The Village is not the custodian for such records; or
(b) 
The records of which the Village is a custodian cannot be found after diligent search.
Records shall be available for public inspection and copying at the Village Clerk's office, Municipal Center, 118 Broadway, Fort Edward, New York.
Requests for public access to records shall be accepted and records produced during all hours that the Clerk's office is regularly open for business.
A. 
A written request may be required, but oral requests may be accepted when records are readily available.
B. 
A response shall be given within five business days of receipt of any request reasonably describing the record or records sought.
C. 
A request shall reasonably describe the record or records sought. Whenever possible, a person requesting records should supply information regarding dates, file designations or other information that may help to describe the records sought.
D. 
If the records access officer does not provided or deny access to the record sought within five business days of receipt of a request, he or she shall furnish a written acknowledgment of receipt of the request and a statement of the approximate date when the request will be granted or denied. If access to records is neither granted or denied within 10 business days after the date of acknowledgment of receipt of a request, the request may be construed as a denial of access that may be appealed.
A. 
The records access officer shall maintain a reasonably detailed current list by subject matter of all records in his or her possession, whether or not records are available pursuant to § 87, Subdivision 2, of the Public Officers Law.
B. 
The subject matter list shall be sufficiently detailed to permit identification of the category of the record sought.
C. 
The subject matter list shall be updated not less than twice per year. The most recent update shall appear on the first page of the subject matter list.
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Denial of access to records shall be in writing stating the reason therefor and advising the requester of the right to appeal to the body established to hear appeals.
B. 
If requested records are not provided promptly, as required in § 248-5D of this chapter, such failure shall also be deemed a denial of access.
C. 
The Mayor shall hear appeals for denial of access to records under the Freedom of Information Law.
D. 
The time for deciding an appeal by the person designated to hear appeals shall commence upon receipt of a written appeal identifying:
(1) 
The date of the appeal.
(2) 
The date and location of the request for records.
(3) 
The records to which the requester was denied access.
(4) 
Whether the denial of access was in writing or due to failure to provide records promptly as required by § 248-5D.
(5) 
The name and return address of the requester.
E. 
The person designated to hear appeals shall inform the requester of his decision in writing within 10 business days of receipt of an appeal.
F. 
The person designated to hear appeals shall immediately forward to the Committee of Open Government copies of all appeals upon receipt and the ensuing determination thereon.
The following fees shall be charged:
A. 
Inspection of records: no fee.
B. 
Search for records: no fee.
C. 
Any certification pursuant to this chapter: $3.
D. 
Photocopies not exceeding nine inches by 14 inches: $0.25 per page.
E. 
Fees for copies of records other than photocopies which are nine inches by 14 inches or less in size shall be the actual copying cost, excluding fixed agency costs such as salaries, except when a different fee is otherwise prescribed by statute.
A notice containing the title or name and business address of the records access officers and appeals body and the location where records can be seen or copies shall be posted in a conspicuous location wherever records are kept.