Freedom of Information (FOIL)


Brighton is committed to open government, and one essential component of an open government is the New York Freedom of Information Law, or “FOIL”.

Under FOIL, government records, including records of the Town of Brighton, are available to the public, subject to certain exceptions. These exceptions include but are not limited to: disclosures of information that would cause an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, disclosures that would interfere with law enforcement or a judicial proceeding or disclose a confidential source, disclosures of trade secrets, certain draft documents or internal records.

How to Submit a FOIL Request

A request for public records held by the Town of Brighton must be submitted to the Town Clerk's office. Complete the Freedom Of Information Request Form and submit the request via email, by U.S. Mail or in person at the Town Clerk's Office. If you are not sure how to describe the record you wish to review, please contact Town Clerk Daniel Aman at 585-784-5240 or via email.

After the request has been submitted, you will be contacted within five (5) business days, either advising you that the record is available, denying the request, or if the record is available for disclosure but cannot be immediately provided, an estimate of how long it will take to produce the record. If the request for a record is denied, you will be given the reason for the denial and your appeal rights in writing.

The fee for copying the records is $0.25 per page for letter or legal size documents, additional fees for larger formats. There is an additional fee of $20 for any returned checks.

New York State Freedom of Information Law

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