|Submitted||Dec. 15, 2014|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the following records:
I'm requesting information regarding the NY State veterinary board, on any and all internal and/or external audits and statistical or factual tabulations of, or with respect to, material otherwise available for public inspection.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.
Dear Ms. Stone:
This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for State Education Department (SED) records regarding requesting information regarding the NY State veterinary board, on any and all internal and/or external audits and statistical or factual tabulations of, or with respect to, material otherwise available for public inspection. Please be advised that you will hear further from the Department by approximately 1/21/14 as to whether your request will be granted or denied in whole or in part.
SED charges the statutorily permitted fee of $.25 per page for duplication of records requested under FOIL (Public Officers Law §87[b][iii]). There is no provision in law or regulation requiring the waiver of this fee. Payment must be made to the NYS Education Department by check or money order. Do not send any payment until you are notified that your request is granted and informed of the charge for your request. If your request is for electronic records and your requested is granted, the records will be provided to you in that format.
If your request is granted one of the following will happen:
1. If your request can be filled immediately, and the total duplication fee is under $25.00, staff will forward the requested records to you with a statement of what you owe for the duplication fee. Or:
2. If the total duplication fee for your request is $25.00 or more (100 pages), you will be advised of the page count and duplication fee owed in advance of duplicating the records. Upon receipt of payment, staff will duplicate and mail the requested records. Or:
3. If it will take time to locate and/or duplicate the records you have requested, you will be given a date by which you will be told the page count and duplication fee for your request.
Dear Ms. Stone
This is in further response to your request under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) for records regarding the NY State veterinary board, on any and all internal and/or external audits and statistical or factual tabulations of, or with respect to, material otherwise available for public inspection.
Please be advised that your request does not specify the records you seek and we are unable to identify what records would be responsive to your request. Therefore, I regret to inform you that your request is denied pursuant to Public Officers Law §89(3) in that your request does not meet the standard of reasonably describing the records.
If you would like to clarify your request for records, you may do so by submitting another request for records under FOIL. In the alternative, if you wish to appeal this decision, you may do so within 30 days by writing to:
John B. King
Commissioner of Education
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Room 111, Education Building
Albany, NY 12234