What is Freedom of Information Law and how can I get information about Sheriff's Office records?

FOIL Request form (PDF)

The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) is the nickname for Section 87 of the NYS Public Officers Law which guarantees and regulates the public's right to access records (not specific information) which a public service agency currently keeps in the normal course of daily business.  Additionally, an agency is not required to create a new record or provide information in response to questions.  Therefore, in an effort to assist obtaining the information being sought, you will be asked to identify as closely as possible what record(s) you want.  There are several exceptions that allow denial to some or all information contained on a record, including but not limited to open law enforcement investigations and confidential information that could result in harm to an individual or organization.  The Sheriff has designated the Undersheriff as the agency's Records Access Officer (RAO).  For further information you may contact the Records Division during normal business hours either in person or via phone at 315-536-5178.

Notice: Please call 911 for emergencies and 315-536-4438 for the Yates County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center for other less emergent situations.

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1. What is the difference between bail, bonds and fines?
2. Can I pay bail, bonds and fines at the jail and, if so, how do I do it?
3. Where can I get information on boating and snowmobile safety and courses?
4. Where can I get a child safety seat, or information about proper installation?
5. Who should I notify if I want to burn something?
6. Can I have my fingerprints taken for a pistol permit, adoption or similar application?
7. What is Freedom of Information Law and how can I get information about Sheriff's Office records?
8. Does the Sheriffs Office do property checks?
9. How do I apply for a pistol permit, and where do I go?
10. How can I get current information for local road conditions during storms?
11. How can I learn about the sex offender laws, and about sex offenders living in Yates County?
12. How do I formally recognize or make a complaint concerning an employee of the Sheriff's Office?