§ 349-1Purpose and scope.
§ 349-2Designation of records access officer.
§ 349-3Designation of fiscal officer.
§ 349-4Location of records.
§ 349-5Hours for public inspection.
§ 349-6Requests for access to records.
§ 349-7Denial of access to public records; appeals.
§ 349-9Public notice.
The people's right to know the process of government decisionmaking 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.
These regulations provide information concerning the procedures by which records may be obtained.
Personnel shall furnish to the public the information and records required by the Freedom of Information Law
Any conflicts among laws governing public access to records shall be construed in favor of the widest possible availability of public records.
The Mayor is responsible for ensuring compliance with the regulations herein and designates the following person(s) as records access officer(s):
Village Clerk, 425 Reiman Street, Sloan, New York 14212.
Records access officers are responsible for ensuring appropriate agency response to public requests for access to records. However, the public shall not be denied access to records through officials who have in the past been authorized to make records or information available.
Records access officers shall assure that personnel:
Maintain an up-to-date subject matter list.
Assist the requester in identifying requested records, if necessary.
Upon request, certify that a transcript is a true copy of records copied.
The Village Clerk, 425 Reiman Street, Sloan, New York, is designated the fiscal officer, who shall certify the payroll and respond to requests, in accordance with § 349-6B, for an itemized record setting forth the name, address, title and salary of every officer or employee of the agency.
The fiscal officer shall make the payroll items listed above available to any person, including bona fide members of the news media, as required under the Freedom of Information Law.
Records shall be available for public inspection and copying at the Village Hall, 425 Reiman Street, Sloan, New York 14212, or at the location where they are kept.
Requests for public access to records shall be accepted and records produced during all hours regularly open for business.
Where a request for records is required, such request may be oral or in writing. However, written requests shall not be required for records that have been customarily available without written request.
Time limit for response to requests.
Except under extraordinary circumstances, officials shall respond to a request for records no more than five business days after receipt of the request, whether the request is oral or in writing.
If, because of extraordinary circumstances, more than five business days are required to respond to a request, receipt of the request shall be acknowledged within five business days after the request is received. The acknowledgment shall state the reason for delay and estimate the date when a reply will be made.
A request for access to records should be sufficiently detailed to identify the records. Where possible, the requester should supply information regarding dates, titles, file designations or other information which may help identify the records. However, a request for any or all records falling within a specific category shall conform to the standard that records be identifiable.
Subject matter list.
A current list, by subject matter, of all records produced, filed or first kept or promulgated after September 1, 1974, shall be available for public inspection and copying. The list shall be sufficiently detailed to permit the requester to identify the file category of the records sought.
The subject matter list shall be updated periodically and the date of the most recent updating shall appear on the first page. The updating of the subject matter list shall not be less than semiannual.
No records may be removed by the requester from the office where the record is located without the permission of the Village Clerk or the Deputy Village Clerk.
Denial of access to records shall be made, in writing, within 30 days from the date of denial, stating the reason therefor and advising the requester of the right to appeal to the individual or body established to hear appeals.
If requested records are not provided promptly as required in § 349-6B of these regulations, such failure shall also be deemed a denial of access.
The following person or persons or body shall hear appeals for denial of access to records under the Freedom of Information Law: Village Board of Trustees, 425 Reiman Street, Sloan, New York 14212, (716) 897-1560.
The time for deciding an appeal by the individual or body designated to hear appeals shall commence upon receipt of written appeal identifying:
The date of the appeal.
The date and location of the requests for records.
The records to which the requester was denied access.
Whether the denial of access was in writing or was by failure to provide records promptly as required by § 349-6B.
The name and address of the requester.
The individual or body designated to hear appeals shall inform the requester of its decision, in writing, within seven business days of receipt of an appeal.
A final denial of access to a requested record, as provided for in Subsection E of this section, shall be subject to court review as provided for in Article 78 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.
The agency shall transmit to the Committee on Public Access to Records copies of denials of access that are appealed as well as the determination thereon.
The fee for photocopies not exceeding 8 1/2 inches by 14 inches is $0.25 per page, except for records of the Office of Village Justice, which shall be $1, having been established prior to September 1, 1974, by said court. No records shall be reproduced until payment is first received.
A notice containing the job title or name and business address of the records access officers and fiscal officer; the name, job title, business address and telephone number of the appeal person or persons or body; and the location where records can be seen or copied shall be posted in a conspicuous location wherever records are kept and/or published in a local newspaper of general circulation.