Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL) Requests

Overview

These instructions are for FOIL requests directed at the NYC Comptroller’s Office only. For FOIL requests for other NYC agencies, entities or elected officials, please contact them directly.

How do I make a FOIL request?

FOIL requests must be made in writing. Please be as specific as possible when making your request so that we can identify the records that are responsive to your request. We strongly encourage you to submit any FOIL request you have by completing the online FOIL request form:

If you are unable to complete the online submission form, you may send your FOIL request by email (foil@comptroller.nyc.gov) or mail. Any requests made by mail should be sent to:

Records Access Officer
New York City Comptroller’s Office
One Centre Street, Room 602
Municipal Building
New York, NY 10007

Please include in your letter or e-mail, your name, address, phone number and e-mail address so that we may properly respond to your request.

What happens after the Comptroller’s office receives a FOIL request?

If your request is made on the online form, you will receive an automated response receipt. Please note that this automated response receipt is not an official acknowledgement of your FOIL request pursuant to New York State Public Officers Law §89(3)(a). You will receive an official acknowledgement within five days of your request with an estimate of how long it will take to retrieve your requested records. If your request is made by mail, you will receive an official acknowledgment within five days of our receipt of your request.

What are the costs/fees associated with making a FOIL request?

The Records Access Officer, or his designee, will notify you of the number of pages responsive to your request. If appropriate, we will provide copies of the requested records to you in electronic form by e-mail for no charge. However, electronic documents that exceed our maximum e-mail capacity will need to be copied onto a flash drive at a cost of $5.00.  If you would like hard copies of the records, there is a charge of 25¢ per page, which must be paid before the release of the requested records. A check for the applicable fee should be made payable to “NYC Comptroller” and mailed to:

New York City Comptroller’s Office
Attn: FOIL
One Centre Street, Suite 602
Municipal Building
New York, NY 10007

What can I do if my request is denied in whole or in part?

State Law exempts certain records from disclosure. The Records Access Officer may deny your request, in whole, or in part, if it falls under these exemptions. If you disagree with the Records Access Officer’s denial of your request, you may appeal by sending a letter to:

FOIL Appeals Officer
New York City Comptroller’s Office
Office of the General Counsel
One Centre Street, Suite 602
Municipal Building
New York, NY 10007