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Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

It is the policy of Tompkins County government that the public should generally have free and easy access to county government records except as restricted by Federal or State law or to support individual personal privacy.  This policy affirms that basic to our democratic society is the people's right to know (1) the process of government decision-making and (2) the documents and statistics leading to determinations.  It is also the policy of the Tompkins County government to provide the public with access to records in accordance with the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and to have in place procedures describing how to access and acquire copies of records.

For more details, please see the Tompkins County policy Public Access to Records and Tompkins County Public Access to Records Regulations.

Additional information is also provided by the New York State Committee on Open Government.


All requests for information must reasonably describe the record to be searched.

The following link is a list of all Tompkins County records:

 To request records from Tompkins County, please click the button below:

Records Request Form

Records may also be requested in writing to the following address:
Tompkins County
c/o FOIL Request
125 E. Court St. 3rd Floor
Ithaca, NY 14850

Questions or Concerns?  Please call (607) 274-5546