The New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) provides citizens the right of access to public documents. The duties of Town Clerk under the title, “Records Access Officer,” include the safekeeping of Town historical and legal documents, including Minutes of Town Board meetings and the records of many local governmental departments.

New York State FOIL Law

Residents may request by mail or come in person to the Office of Town Clerk, Town Hall East, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. A request must “reasonably describe” the documents desired. The Town Clerk is required to acknowledge a request within five (5) business days and respond within twenty (20) business days. There is no charge for researching the information; copies are available at $ .25 per page. For more information on FOIL, you can visit the state Committee on Open Government’s Web site here.

Additionally, the Records Access and Appeals Officers do hereby attest that they have read the FOIL law, and do so annually.

Records Appeals Officer Contact Information:

Oyster Bay Town Attorney’s Office
Attn: Dennis Sheehan
54 Audrey Avenue
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

For further information, call (516) 624-6318.