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FOIL Information

The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) allows the public access to records maintained by the government. To access records maintained by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), you may file a FOIL request electronically or in hard copy. When describing the records you seek, you must be specific. Requests that are too vague, or ask for records that do not exist, cannot be filled.

Electronic Request For Records

  • You may submit a foil request electronically by sending an e-mail to foil@orda.org

Paper Request For Records

  • Send a letter identifying the business records you request to:

 

Records Access Officer
c/o ORDA
2634 Main Street
Lake Placid, New York 12946

 

Timelines

Per statute, you are entitled to a letter of acknowledgement within five (5) business days after receipt of your request. This letter will provide you with an estimate of when the records you request will be available or when you may expect a determination with respect to your request. If the records are determined to be “FOIL-able” but will not be available within 20 business days, you will be notified of the anticipated date of their availability. Determining this date depends upon a myriad of factors including, but not necessarily limited to, 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, as well as the time it takes to assemble the documents.

 

Costs

ORDA may charge a fee for: the cost of paper copies at twenty-five cents per page, the cost of storage devices or media provided to the requestor in response to the request, postage, the cost of response preparation in excess of two hours for charges associated with an outside contractor if one is required to prepare a response due to technology constraints. When a fee to respond to your request is anticipated, ORDA will alert you and get your consent before fulfilling your request.

 

Inspection

Once you are notified that the records you requested under FOIL are available, you may avoid a copying fee, if one applies by inspecting the records at ORDA. You will receive correspondence from ORDA outlining this process if it is applicable to you.

 

Exceptions

Some records (or portions of records) may not be released under FOIL. For example, FOIL may not be used to invade the personal privacy of others (information such as home telephone numbers, home addresses, and Social Security numbers, will not be released). FOIL may not be used for unfair business competition or to obtain trade secrets. Records may not be released if their disclosure would endanger the life and safety of others. Other records may be withheld, or redacted, under FOIL as well; if it is necessary for ORDA to withhold records or portions of records you request, you will be informed of the reason(s) for doing so.

 

Committee on Open Government

For more information about FOIL please visit The Committee on Open Government’s web site at http://www.dos.ny.gov/coog/index.html

 

Subject Matter List

View a current list, arranged by subject matter, of all records maintained by ORDA by Clicking Here.