Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

To submit a FOIL request for Department of Finance records, please follow the instructions below. To submit a FOIL request for another City agency, please visit to go to that agency's web site.

Before making your request for Finance records, we recommend you take advantage of all of the free information available to the public on the Finance website or the City's main website at

Making a FOIL Request

All requests for agency records must be submitted in writing by contacting the Finance Records Access Officer online, at the address below, or by using the NYC OpenRecords portal (select "Department of Finance" from the agency dropdown menu). For more information contact 311.

Mail your written request to:

Department of Finance
Sheryl Montour
Records Access Officer | Agency Privacy Officer
375 Pearl Street, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Please include the following information in your request:

1. Describe the records you are seeking as specifically as possible, including as much of the following as possible:

  • The title(s) of documents;
  • Dates;
  • File designations; and
  • Any other information that will enable the Records Access Officer to identify the record(s) you are requesting.

2. Include also how you would like to receive the requested information if your request is approved, or partially approved.

3. Include a daytime phone number, in case the Records Access Officer has any questions about your request.

If Finance Denies a FOIL Request

If your request is denied, either in whole, or in part, we will explain the reason to you and inform you of how to appeal our decision. For more information contact 311.

All FOIL appeals should be submitted to the FOIL Appeal Officer online or at the address below:

NYC Department of Finance
Dara Jaffee - Records Appeal Officer
Assistant Commissioner | Executive Director
375 Pearl Street, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10038


The cost for photocopying requested documents is 25 cents per page for standard size hard copies.

When you receive the information you have requested, you will be informed in writing of the cost of processing your request and will receive instructions for making payment for the information supplied to you.