Freedom of Information Law

All requests for records must be in writing. 

You can submit your request using the Open FOIL NY online request form.


You can also submit a request via email or regular mail.  This fillable form can either be saved to your computer and sent as an attachment in an email, or printed and sent via mail or facsimilie.

Here are the addresses: 

Email: foil@dhr.ny.gov

Regular mail: Siaka Paasewe, Records Access Officer, New York State Division of Human Rights, One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor, Bronx, New York 10458.

Fax number: 718-741-3217. 

Records can be requested for review by appointment. The hours for appointments are from 9:00AM to 5:00PM on weekdays. 

A request to review files may be made by calling  Siaka Paasewe, Records Access Officer at 718-741-8422 or by e-mail at spaasewe@dhr.ny.gov or by fax to 718-741-3217 or by mailing a letter to Siaka Paasewe, Records Access Officer, New York State Division of Human Rights, One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor, Bronx, New York 10458. The records are available for review at the Division’s main office at One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor, Bronx, New York 10458. Whenever practicable, records shall also be made available for review at a regional office most convenient to the requester. Regional offices are located throughout the State, and their addresses may be obtained from the main office of the agency, by calling 718-741-8400 or by writing to the New York State Division of Human Rights, One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor, Bronx, New York 10458 or from the Division’s web site.

To contact the Committee on Open Government, you may visit their website at: page opens in a new windowwww.dos.ny.gov/coog/index.html.

Any person denied access to a requested record may, within thirty (30) days of the denial, appeal the denial in writing, by mail or fax, to Caroline J. Downey, General Counsel, New York State Division of Human Rights, One Fordham Plaza, 4th Floor, Bronx, New York 10458, Fax: 718-741-8102.

New York State Division of Human Rights
Subject Matter List of DHR Records

Updated: March 9, 2018

Record Location: One Fordham Plaza, Bronx, New York 10458

Please note, there may be exceptions to availability pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law.

  1. The Human Rights Law, Executive Law Article 15
  2. Rules and Regulations
  3. General Administrative Records. This includes but not limited to Personnel Records, Payroll Records, Finance Records & Mail Room Records
  4. Leases and Contracts
  5. Administrative Policies and Procedures
  6. Internal Training Manuals
  7. General Counsel Legal Opinions
  8. Memorandum of Law.
  9. Human Rights Resource Guide
  10. Information Technology Services Records
  11. Public Information Publications
  12. Annual Reports
  13. Press Releases
  14. Statistics
  15. Public Hearing Calendar
  16. Final Agency Determinations and Commissioner Orders
  17. Commissioner Order Index
  18. Complaint Files
  19. Computerized Case Index of Complaints
  20. General Correspondence
  21. Memoranda of Understanding with Local Commissions
  22. Work Sharing Agreements with EEOC & HUD
  23. Freedom of Information Law Requests
  24. Freedom of Information Law Appeals
  25. NYS Division of Human Rights State Archives Retention Schedules
  26. Internal Control Policy