NYS Public Officers Law

Laws 1909, Chap. 51.

The Public Officers Law sets forth the qualifications, powers and duties of government officials in New York State. Of interest to many is the inclusion of the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and the Open Meetings Law. Through FOIL, every agency must appoint a person to handle FOIL requests. Tenants may examine and copy documents held by the agency. The law sets forth the appeal process if the agency denies access on any number of enumerated grounds (which can be common and not always legal) and the Committee on Open Government which can be helpful in opening up a recalcitrant agency.

AN ACT in relation to public officers, constituting chapter forty- seven of the consolidated laws. Became a law February 17, 1909, with the approval of the Governor. Passed, three-fifths being present. The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:


Your Right to Know: New York State's OPEN GOVERNMENT LAWS

The complete Public Officers Law (345k).

Table of Contents

  • Article 1. -- Short title; definitions (Secs. 1, 2).
  • Article 2. -- Appointment and qualification of public officers (Secs. 3-19).
  • Article 2-A. -- Actions on official bonds or undertakings (Secs. 20-28).
  • Article 3. -- Creation and filling of vacancies (Secs. 30-43).
  • Article 4. -- Powers and duties of public officers (Secs. 60-79).
  • Article 5. -- Delivery of public books (Sec. 80).
  • Article 6. -- Freedom of information law (Secs. 84-90).
  • Article 6-A. -- Personal privacy protection law (Secs. 91-99).
  • Article 7. -- Open meetings law (Secs. 100-111).
  • Article 8. -- Construction; laws repealed; when to take effect (Secs. 115-117).

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