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Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Request (Access to Authority Records)

The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), effective January 1, 1978, reaffirms your right to know how government operates. FOIL provides rights of access to records reflective of governmental decisions and policies that affect the public.

For more information on the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) contact the Committee on Open Government. Leaving NYS Thruway Authority's Website 

The Records Access Office hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For questions regarding access to Authority records please call 518-436-2840.

All written requests for documents should be sent directly to the Records Access Officer at Authority Headquarters. Document reviews can be arranged through the Authority's Records Access Office located at Administrative Headquarters in Albany, NY during the hours of operation posted above. If deemed appropriate, documents may also be available for review at the following Thruway Authority locations.

Please be advised that you do not need to submit a FOIL request to obtain records of Thruway Authority Board meetings and minutes. These records can be accessed on the Authority's website under the News and Meetings section.

View the Authority's Rules and Regulations pertaining to Access to Authority Records.

A current list, by subject matter, of all records maintained by the Authority is available. View the current subject matter list. Note: This list contains all records, whether or not available, under the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

How to Request Records from the Authority:

  • To send a written request for records from the Authority please contact:
    New York State Thruway Authority
    Records Access Officer
    200 Southern Boulevard
    Albany, NY 12209
    Fax: 518-433-4962
  • To submit an online request for records, use the Open FOIL NY form:

  • To request records via email you may use the template below and email it here:

This template was developed by the Committee on Open Government to facilitate the submission of FOIL requests. Use of the template is completely optional. If you choose to use the template, please cut and paste the entire form into a new email, read all provisions, delete those that do not apply and fill in as much identifying detail as possible.

[The subject line of your request should be "FOIL Request".]

Dear Records Access Officer:

(1) Please email the following records if possible [include as much detail about the record as possible, such as relevant dates, names, descriptions, etc.]:

(2) Please advise me of the appropriate time during normal business hours for inspecting the following records prior to obtaining copies (include as much detail about the records as possible, including relevant dates, names, descriptions, etc.):

(3) Please inform me of the cost of providing paper copies of the following records [include as much detail about the records as possible, including relevant dates, names, descriptions, etc.].

(4) If my request is too broad or does not reasonably describe the records, please contact me via email so that I may clarify my request, and when appropriate, indicate the manner in which records are filed, retrieved or generated.

If it is necessary to modify my request, I would prefer to be contacted at the following telephone number: _____________.

If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name and address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed.


Address [if records are to be mailed].


What to do if your Request is Denied:

State Law exempts certain records from disclosure. The Records Access Officer may deny your request, in whole, or in part, if it falls under these exemptions. If you disagree with the Records Access Officer's denial of your request, you may appeal by sending a letter to:

FOIL Appeals Officer
Legal Department
New York State Thruway Authority
P.O. Box 189
200 Southern Boulevard
Albany, New York 12201-0189