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Public Access to Information

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)


It is the policy of Tompkins County government that the public should generally have free and easy access to county government records except as restricted by Federal or State law or to support individual personal privacy.  This policy affirms that basic to our democratic society is the people's right to know (1) the process of government decision-making and (2) the documents and statistics leading to determinations.  It is also the policy of the Tompkins County government to provide the public with access to records in accordance with the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and to have in place procedures describing how to access and acquire copies of records.

For more details, please see the Tompkins County policy Public Access to Records and Tompkins County Public Access to Records Regulations.

Additional information is also provided by the New York State Committee on Open Government.


When requesting records, please be very specific (names, date of birth, dates, addresses, etc.)
The following is a list of all Tompkins County departments and the records that are available within each of those departments:

Click on the link below to complete the request for information form:

Records Request Form - Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

Requests can also be made at the following:

County Administration
Old Jail Building- Third Floor
125 E. Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5551
or at