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Request Council on Developmental Disabilities Records Through The New York State Freedom of Information Law

Request Council on Developmental Disabilities 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.

Request Records

Foil requests can be submitted online using the link below, or delivered in person, mailed, faxed or emailed.

Submit a FOIL Request


Mail a written request to:

Records Access Officer
NYS Council on Developmental Disabilities
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1230
Albany, New York 12210


E-mail a written request to:

[email protected]


Submit a request for records in person:

Our office is located at 99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1230 Albany, New York, 12210.  Upon appointment, public records maintained by the NYS CDD are available for inspection or copying weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 


FOIL Process

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 518-486-7505 or [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.  Records are available for inspection, by appointment, on business days between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Records Access Office, 99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1230, Albany, New York 12210.  You may schedule an appointment for in-person inspection of records by calling 518-486-7505.

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: 

Records Access Appeals OfficerNYS Council on Developmental Disabilities99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1230Albany, New York 12210


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

You can see a list of records (by subject matter) that are maintained by the New York State Council on Developmental Disabilities here: Subject Matter List

Some of the listed records may be exempt from disclosure pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law.

Helpful Tips

When submitting a request:

  • Be as specific as possible in describing the requested records. Include relevant dates, names, descriptions, etc. See suggested language for a FOIL request from the Committee on Open Government.
  • Specify whether you would like to inspect the records at the CDD Office or have copies of the records sent to you.
  • If records are available, specify how you want them sent, i.e., via US mail, e-mail or fax. We may choose to send the records by U.S. mail, if you have requested a large volume of records, for security or other important reasons. We will notify you of any charge for reproducing such records before they are sent to you.
  • Include your e-mail, mailing address and fax number, as well as a telephone number where you can be reached during business hours, if it is necessary to clarify your request.


The NYS CDD is not required to provide information in response to questions which require an analysis of the information; the NYS CDD’s obligation is to provide existing records. The NYS CDD is not required to create a new record in response to FOIL requests.


For more information about FOIL, please visit the New York State Committee on Open Government’s website.