Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) also known as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), created in 1967 has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, or law enforcement protections. The FOIA also requires agencies to proactively post online certain categories of information, including frequently requested records. It is a vital part of our democracy.

WNY Maritime Charter School recognizes the importance of transparency and offering our communities the opportunity to learn more about our great Charter.

How to Make a FOIL Request

1. First, make sure that what you are looking for is not already available on this website.

2. If there is something specific that you might be looking for, you may call our school at 716-842-6289 in order to see if something can be provided to you quickly. If not, you may want to consider making a FOIL request. A comprehensive list of things that you might be looking for under a FOIL request can be gathered by visiting the following Subject Matter List for FOIL Requests (see pages 11-14).

3. FOIL requests can be made in two ways:

a. An e-mail may be sent to our Records Request Officer, Dr. Rick Jetter, at with the subject line stating "FOIL REQUEST". Please be as specific as you can with your request. The Records Request Officer may ask for further clarification, if needed.

b. A written request may be mailed or delivered in person to WNYMCS; 2219 South Park Ave.; Buffalo, NY 14220.

The Records Access Officer will grant or deny access or acknowledge receipt of the request within five days of the receipt of the request.

With respect to requests which are approved in whole or in part and where circumstances prevent disclosure of information within twenty (20) additional business days from the date of the acknowledgment of the receipt of the request, an explanation will be provided in writing concerning the delay along with a date by which the request will be granted in whole or in part.

With respect to records which are determined not to be available, the Records Request Officer will note the reason for unavailability. In a case of denial, the requester has a right to file an appeal in writing within 30 days of the date of denial directly to the Commandant, Dr. Ami Alderman at

With respect to records which are determined to be available, the Records Request Officer will provide two options:

a. To come to the location of the school for review of the requested documents OR

b. To email documents (if able to do so for free) or produce hard copies ($.25 per page and $18 per hour spent photocopying)--charged only when over two hours) to the requester.

Below, you will find the official FOIL Request Form in both English and Spanish:

Freedom of Information Law Request Form--English

Freedom of Information Law Request Form--Spanish