How to Make a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Request

If you wish to request access to records under the FOIL, please be advised that all requests must be submitted in writing, whether via the Open FOIL NY online form, regular mail, fax, or e-mail. Please include the following information in your request:

  • The requestor's contact information: name, address, phone number and email address, if you want DOH to transmit any responsive records to you electronically
  • Specific details regarding the records being requested: please include as much detail about the records as possible, including relevant dates, names, descriptions, addresses, complaint numbers, etc.

In-person inspection and copying of records is available by appointment Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may schedule an appointment by calling (518) 474-8734.

To submit a FOIL request, please complete the Open FOIL NY online form, or send your inquiry by regular mail, fax or e-mail.

Records Access Office
New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower, Room 2364
Albany, New York 12237-0044
FAX: (518) 486-9144
foil@health.ny.gov