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FOIL requests will be necessary even though 50-a was repealed

On Tuesday, state lawmakers voted to repeal the law that kept officer records private.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signaled that he would sign the law, which effectively overturns 50-a. That said, the records won’t simply be made public.


A FOIL request, or Freedom of Information Law request will be necessary. These are the documents members of the press submit to get access to files and information.

One request can takes months to process.

New York State Police union representatives criticized the move.

Other changes, like requiring body cameras for state police was passed.

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