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  1. Filing a FOIL Request

    Nassau County District Attorney FOIL Requests

    New York State’s Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) provides rights of access to records of governmental agencies, with certain exceptions. 

    Find more information about the Freedom of Information Law on the Committee on Open Government's website, link included below.

    Please note that each government agency handles its own FOIL requests.


    Requesting Records from the NCDA Pursuant To FOIL

    FOIL requests for records maintained by the NCDA must be in writing, and submitted as follows:

    1.  Through the NCDA online FOIL portal form, available below.

    2.  By physical mail, addressed to the NCDA Records Access Officer:

    Nassau County District Attorney’s Office Records Access Officer 
    Executive Assistant District Attorney Tammy J. Smiley 
    262 Old Country Road
    Mineola, New York 11501

    3.  By email to the Records Access Officer at: da.foil@nassauda.org 


    Fees For Duplication of Records

    Unless a different fee is otherwise prescribed by statute, Public Officers Law § 87(1)(b)(iii) authorizes an agency to charge a fee of twenty-five cents per photocopy not in excess of nine inches by fourteen inches, or the actual cost of reproducing any other record in accordance with the provisions of Public Officers Law § 87(1)(c). 

    There is no provision in law that requires a waiver of these fees.  If you will need to pay a fee to obtain a copy of the records you requested, the NCDA will notify you of the cost before the records are released to you.

    Submitting a FOIL Appeal

    Pursuant to Public Officers Law § 89, any person denied access to a record may, within thirty days, make an appeal, in writing, to the NCDA’s FOIL Appeals Officer, as follows: 

    1.  By email to: FOILAppeal@nassauda.org 

    2.  By physical mail, addressed to:

    Nassau County District Attorney’s FOIL Appeals Officer
    262 Old Country Road
    Mineola, New York 11501

  2. Requestor Information
  3. The Committee on Open Government is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law §§ 84-90) and the Open Meetings Law (Public Officers Law §§ 100-111). The Freedom of Information Law governs rights of access to government records, while the Open Meetings Law concerns the conduct of meetings of public bodies and the right to attend those meetings. The Committee also oversees the Personal Privacy Protection Law. The Committee is composed of 11 members, 5 from government and 6 from the public. The five government members are the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State, whose office acts as secretariat for the Committee, the Commissioner of General Services, the Director of the Budget, and one elected local government official appointed by the Governor. Of the six public members, at least two must be or have been representatives of the news media. The Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) directs the Committee to furnish advice to agencies, the public and the news media, issue regulations and report its observations and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature annually. Similarly, under the Open Meetings Law, the Committee issues advisory opinions, reviews the operation of the law and reports its findings and recommendations annually to the Legislature. When questions arise under either the Freedom of Information or the Open Meetings Law, the Committee staff can provide written or oral advice and attempt to resolve controversies in which rights may be unclear. Since its creation in 1974, more than 25,000 written advisory opinions have been prepared by the Committee at the request of government, the public and the news media. In addition, hundreds of thousands of verbal opinions have been provided by telephone. Staff also provides training and educational programs for government, public interest and news media organizations, as well as students on campus. Opinions prepared since early 1993 that have educational or precedential value are maintained online, identified by means of a series of key phrases in separate indices created in relation to the Freedom of Information Law and the Open Meetings Law.

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