Public Records Request Log - New York State Education Department

Erik Peterson filed this request with the New York State Education Department of New York.
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From: Erik Peterson

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:

A log of public records requests submitted to the Department of Education that lists the date of request, the requester's name, the requester's organizational affiliation, a description of the request and the date the request was filled. Ideally I would like this information for the period from 2004 to the present.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, and is made in the process of academic research 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.


Erik Peterson
PhD Candidate
Department of Political Science
Stanford University

From: FOIL

Dear Mr. Peterson:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for State Education Department (SED) records regarding public records requests. The reference number for this request is FL-FL-16/150. Please be advised that you will hear further from the Department by approximately April 7, 2016 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[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 request 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.
Records Access Officer

From: FOIL

Dear Mr. Peterson:

This is in response to your Freedom of Information Law request for the State Education Department log of public records requests, which was received on 3/3/2016.

Your request has been granted. Please find this document attached.

Please be aware that names and any personally identifiable information have been removed from the Title/Summary section to ensure the release would not constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy or violate any state or federal statue pursuant to Public Officers Law § 87(2)(a); FERPA-20 U.S.C §1232g & 34 CFR part 99; and Personal Privacy Protection Law (Public Officers Law § 91 et. al.).

If you wish to appeal this decision, you may do so within 30 days by writing to:

MaryEllen Elia
Commissioner of Education
NYS Education Department
Room 111, Education Building
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

Records Access Officer