Sample Appeal of a Request Denial

Stacey Hengsterman
FOIL Appeals Officer
SUNY System Administration
State University Plaza University Relations, T-10
State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246

RE: Freedom of Information Law Appeal

Dear Ms. Hengsterman:

I hereby appeal the denial of access regarding my request, which was made on _________ (date) and sent to __________ (records access officer, name and address of agency).

The records that were denied include:__________________ (describe the records that were denied to the extent possible).

As required by the Freedom of Information Law, the head of governing body of an agency, or whomever is designated to determine appeals, is required to respond within 10 business days of the receipt of an appeal. If the records are denied on appeal, please explain the reasons for the denial fully in writing as required by law.

In addition, please be advised that the Freedom of Information Law directs that all appeals and the determinations that follow be sent to the Committee on Open Government, Department of State, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave., Albany, New York 12231.

Sincerely,

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