FOIL request for the resumes and bios of current NY State veterinary board members

Holli Stone filed this request with the New York State Education Department of New York.
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From: Holli Stone

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 am requesting a copy of the resumes and bios of all current NY State veterinary board members.

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, 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.


Holli Stone

From: FOIL

Dear Ms. Stone:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for State Education Department (SED) records regarding a copy of the resumes and bios of all current NY State veterinary board members. Please be advised that you will hear further from the Department by approximately 1/14/15 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 ยง87[1][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.
Chris Halpin


To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: New York State Education Department

A letter stating the requester must agree to or prepay assessed or estimated fees in order for the agency to continue processing the request.

From: New York State Education Department

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.

From: New York State Education Department

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Holli Stone

To Whom it may concern:

I am writing to appeal the information I received for the current NY State veterinary board bios and resumes. I did receive documents, however, there was a significant amount of information blackened out on the documents I received.

I understand that by law information such as social security numbers and addresses cannot be disclosed. However, information such as employment history, the names of the persons/organizations who nominated the board members and the list of professional associations the board members were associated with were also blackened out, making it impossible to know if the current board members interests are potentially contradictory to their position (of the defense of the public) on the vet board. As a member of the public I feel it's important to know the full history of those who've been nominated to act in the role of public protection.

I would like the information I received to be revised so that the above information regarding employment history, name of nominator/organization and list of professional associations can be seen and reviewed.

Thank you.

Holli Stone

From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $10.25 to satisfy the fee associated with this request. Additionally, please find a copy of the appeal that was submitted to the Acting Commissioner of Education.

Thank you very much for your help with this request.