Request Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery Records Through The New York State Freedom of Information Law
The Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”), Article 6 (Sections 84-90) of the NYS Public Officers Law, provides the public right to access to records maintained by government agencies with certain exceptions.
“Record” means any information kept, held, filed, produced or reproduced by, with, or for this agency, in any physical form whatsoever including, but not limited to, reports, statements, examinations, memoranda, opinions, folders, files, books, manuals, pamphlets, forms, papers, designs, drawings, maps, photos, letters, microfilms, computer tapes or disks, rules, regulations or codes.
Instructions for requesting records from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery ("GOSR") are outlined below. Such requests must be in writing, and may be submitted by U.S. mail, electronic mail, or in-person.
Use the Open FOIL NY online form
Mail a written request to:
Adriane Jackson, Records Access Officer
Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
E-mail a written request to:
Fax a written request to:
Submit a request for records in person:
In-Person Requests for records maintained by GOSR can be delivered in-person during normal business hours of 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, to the following address:
Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, 25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor New York, NY 10004 Attention: Adriane Jackson, Records Access Officer.
Please be advised that records may be located in other GOSR offices and must be retrieved and reviewed prior to disclosure. As a result, records will not be immediately available at the time you submit your request.
Within five business days of the receipt of a written request for a record reasonably described, we will send you a letter either: making such record available; denying such request in writing; or furnishing a written acknowledgment of the receipt of such request. If you have not received a letter within five business days, please contact us at [email protected].
An acknowledgment letter will provide you with an estimate of when the records you request will be available, which shall be reasonable under the circumstances of the request. This date is determined by the number of documents you request, their format, their availability, the time it takes to redact any information that cannot be disclosed pursuant to FOIL, the time it takes to assemble the documents, and other factors.
If the records you request require a fee to be paid, you will be notified prior to the records being released to you. Unless a different fee is otherwise prescribed by statute, Public Officers Law §87(1) authorizes an agency to charge a fee of 25¢ per copy for copies of records up 9”x 14”, or the actual cost of reproducing a record. In determining the actual cost of producing a record, an agency may include only:
- an amount equal to the hourly salary attributed to the lowest paid agency employee who has the necessary skill required to prepare the requested record(s), if at least two hours of agency employee time is needed to prepare a copy of the record(s) requested;
- the actual cost of the storage devices or media provided to the person making the request in complying with such request; and
- the actual cost to the agency of engaging an outside professional service to prepare a copy of a record, but only when an agency's information technology equipment is inadequate to prepare a copy, if such service is used to prepare the copy.
Once the requested records are prepared, you may receive the records via email, fax, paper, CD/DVD, or USB. Once you have been notified that the GOSR records you have requested are available and can be disclosed to you, you can also arrange for personal inspection and copying of the records at GOSR's office. To set a date for your inspection, please contact Adriane Jackson, Records Access Officer, at 212- 480-4663. Appointments for inspection may be scheduled Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Right to Appeal
Under provisions of the Public Officers Law you may appeal a FOIL determination. If you desire to submit such an appeal, you must do so within 30 days of the written response to your FOIL request. Please include a copy of the original request for records and a copy of the FOIL response letter you received along with your appeal letter to:
Emily Thompson, Acting General Counsel and Records Access Appeals Officer
25 Beaver Street, 5th Floor
New York, New York 10004.
You will be informed in writing of the decision within ten business days of our receipt of such an appeal. Please indicate the FOIL Request Number when corresponding on this subject.
Subject Matter List
The following is a current list of records, by subject matter, that are maintained by this agency. Some of the listed records may be exempt from disclosure pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law.
For more information about FOIL, please visit the New York State Committee on Open Government’s website.