Freedom of Information Law

Under the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), the public has a right to inspect many Council on Children and Families records.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I file a request for information which is not offered on the Internet?

Some information may be downloaded directly from this website. If you do not find the information you are seeking on our website, please submit your records request by sending a letter, fax or e-mail to:

Elana Marton, Esq.
Counsel
NYS Council on Children and Families
52 Washington Street
West Building, Suite 99
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Telephone: (518) 473-3652
Fax: (518) 473-2570
E-mail: foil@ccf.ny.gov

Please be as specific as possible when requesting records, so that we may properly identify which records are responsive to your request. Also, please include a return address.

Is there a specific form I have to use to file a FOIL request?

No. We only require that you submit your request in writing, either by mail, fax or e-mail.

How soon can I expect an answer?

You will be sent an acknowledgment within five business days of receipt of your FOIL request. In this acknowledgment, an estimate of how long it will take to gather the requested records will be provided.

Availability of records

Upon appointment, public records maintained by the Council are available for inspection and copying on weekdays between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm at the Council on Children and Families, 52 Washington Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144. 

What items are exempt from disclosure?

Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, Section 87, includes conditions for denial of access; most of these reasons are based on the harm that would arise upon disclosure.

Subject matter list:

In accordance with Section 87(3)(c) of the Public Officers Law, below is a list of records maintained by the Council (updated January 2017).

* Agency reports, publications, research briefs and brochures

* Contracts and memoranda of understanding and related correspondence

* Early Childhood Advisory Council meeting and membership records

* Freedom of information law request records

* Grant award records and related documents 

* Hard-to-place/hard-to-serve case files, computer database (confidential - not available for public inspection)

* Head Start Collaboration Project records

* Kids' Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse (web-based interactive data)

* NYS Touchstones/KIDS Count data books

Human resource and financial records are maintained by the Council's host agency, the Office of Children and Family Services. 

What is the fee?

You will be charged 25 cents per page for photocopying, though the fee may be waived at the discretion of the Council.  If you have additional questions, please contact:

Elana Marton, Esq.
Counsel
NYS Council on Children and Families
52 Washington Street
West Building, Suite 99
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Telephone: (518) 473-3652
Fax: (518) 473-2570

Right to appeal a denied FOIL request:

If your FOIL request is denied, you will be notified in writing and you will have 30 days from the date of such written determination to submit an appeal. Your appeal must be in writing and faxed or mailed to:

Records Access Appeals Officer
NYS Council on Children and Families
52 Washington Street, West Building, Suite 99
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Fax: (518) 473-2570

Should you have any more questions about FOIL and Open Government:

Please refer to the New York State Department of State: "Your Right to Know: New York's Open Government Laws."