New York unveils freedom of information website

From Government Technology

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new website that he says will make it easier for the public and the press to access records from various state entities under New York's Freedom of Information Law.

The website, called Open Foil NY, offers a centralized online location to file FOIL requests with 59 state agencies and public authorities and was lauded by Cuomo as offering, for the first time, a uniform method to submit requests for government records through a single website.

In addition, Cuomo said the system will be the first of its kind in the nation that will provide an open-access records request "web form" that allows the requester to select multiple state agencies for a single records request.

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