Oswego County legislators seek more efficiency with FOIL requests

by Carol Thompson

A majority of the records held by Oswego County are public, but the wait for those records can be lengthy.

For that reason, as well as other reasons, legislators want to discuss what steps can be taken to streamline the process.

Last month, the committee discussed not only the timeliness of fulfilling the requests, but whether a legislator should be required to submit a written request for records they need in their roles as elected officials.

The discussion is expected to continue when the committee meets Monday.
Legislators are required to request records in writing and they may have to wait to obtain the records.

The New York State Open Government Laws allow an agency to take up to five days to acknowledge a request, provide the documents, deny the request or give a date as to when the records will be available.

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