Hempstead Town will be the first Town in Nassau County to enable residents to submit FOIL requests online with the simple click of a button, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney announced today. King Sweeney was joined by Supervisor Laura Gillen, Senior Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Ed Ambrosino, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin as she detailed the advancement.
“An open government is exactly what the residents of Hempstead Town deserve to have,” said Councilwoman King Sweeney. “By making it easier for people to submit their freedom of information requests without ever leaving their home, we are becoming even more accessible, transparent and responsive to our constituents.”
The Freedom of Information Law, commonly known as FOIL gives the public the right to view and/or obtain certain government records. Previously, those wishing to make a FOIL request had to e-mail or mail a request to the Town’s FOIL officer and there may have been some question as to what information was required within the request.
With the Town Board’s new update, by the end of the week there will be a form that those requesting information can fill out right on the Town’s website. Once all the proper information is provided, the person can hit submit at the bottom of the page and the form will be directly transmitted to the proper person to handle the request.
“Making government more accessible and transparent is key to restoring the taxpayer’s trust in the Town of Hempstead,” said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen. “I am greatly encouraged by this initiative, and look forward to working cooperatively with the Town Board as we continue to advance common sense - good government.”
“We are always looking for ways to make our government more user friendly for constituents and this will do that,” noted Senior Councilwoman Goosby.
“Times are always changing and we need to keep up with those changes,” said Councilman Ambrosino. “We are now in an age where an entire generation laughs at the use of ‘snail mail’ and it is important that our information is available to those people as well,” added Councilman Blakeman.
“I am proud that Hempstead Town is at the forefront with this important initiative which is the hallmark of good government,” said Councilman D’Esposito.
“This paper-less submission process for FOIL requests is also more environmentally friendly,” noted Councilman Dunne.
“There are only a couple of other Towns on Long Island who provide this easy access to their records,” concluded Councilwoman King Sweeney. “I am proud to help lead the way in an effort that I hope all Towns will follow.”
Visit the FOIL Request page.