Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests

A FOIL request to the NYC Commission on Human Rights can only seek records maintained by the Commission. Do not use these instructions if you are seeking records maintained by other City agencies, entitities, or elected officials. For example, if you are seekng records from the New York City Police Department, Department of Buildings, or Department of Transportation, please direct your request to those agencies. For records of other City entities, please visit the FOIL page of that entity or use the City's OpenRecords portal.

What is a FOIL Request?

Article 6 of the New York State Public Officers Law is known as the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). This law allows members of the public to request records from New York State or local government agencies.

For records of other City entities, please visit the FOIL page of that entity or use the City's OpenRecords portal.

How do I make a FOIL Request?

All requests must be in writing and specifically describe the records being requested. Please remember, the more specific the FOIL request, the easier it will be for us to perform an expedient search and to locate responsive and relevant documentation. Submit the written request directly to the Commission (you may use our FOIL Request Form) via one of the following methods:

E-mail: foil@cchr.nyc.gov
Fax: (646) 500-7159
Mail: FOIL Officer, NYC Commission on Human Rights, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007

You may also submit a FOIL request to the Commission at the City's OpenRecords portal. Please note: If you are a party to an enforcement action that was handled by the Commission's Law Enforcement Bureau and you are seeking access to the factual information in the investigation file, please direct your request to the attorney in the Law Enforcement Bureau handling the investigation, pursuant to Commission Rule 1-40.

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What happens after we receive your FOIL request?

You will receive a written response within 5 business days either 1) granting the request, 2) denying the request, and/or 3) acknowledging the request and providing an approximate date when a determination will be made.

What are the fees associated with making a FOIL request?

There is a charge of $.25/page for copying records, plus postage charges if you choose to have the document mailed. Payment must be made by check or money order to the New York City Commission on Human Rights before the requested records will be released. Records are also available for public inspection, by appointment, on weekdays between the hours of 9:30AM - 4:00PM.

What if my request is denied?

If the FOIL Officer denies your request, in whole or in part, you may appeal within 30 days by sending a letter to: Damion Stodola, General Counsel, New York City Commission on Human Rights, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007 or by emailing FoilAppeals@cchr.nyc.gov