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The FOIL definition of records is very broad and includes information found in paper and electronic documents and audio and visual recordings. All records are available upon request, unless an exception in FOIL permits an agency to deny access to a record. See Public Officers Law § 87 (2).
Most of the exceptions are based upon common sense and the potential for harm that would arise if the record were disclosed to unauthorized people. If disclosure of a record would be damaging to an individual or prevent a government agency from carrying out its duties, it is likely that some or all of the record may be withheld.
Keep in mind that many records can be found on the City website and do not require a FOIL request.
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Affirmative Action & Advisory Committee
Bureau of Receipts
City Clerk's Office
Department of Engineering
Office of Code Enforcement
Office of General Services