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.