Long Island Power Authority

Compliance with Freedom of Information Law Requirements

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is the primary supplier of electricity on Long Island. Article 6 of the New York State Public Officers Law provides for public access to government records. The statute, generally referred to as the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), applies to any State agency, public authority and local government entity, with the exception of the Judiciary and the State Legislature. Under FOIL, LIPA is required to make all eligible records available for public inspection or copying within certain time frames. We evaluated LIPA’s compliance with these requirements and identified the need for certain improvements. In particular, LIPA was often significantly late in providing access to the requested records. We recommended that certain actions be taken by LIPA to improve its compliance with FOIL requirements.

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