Re: Freedom of Information Law, NY State
New York has a "Sunshine Law" similar to the federal Freedom of Information Act. It all depends what vital records you are seeking and not all are available to you for free. I recently needed a copy of my birth certificate and received it in 10 minutes but it cost me $5.00 per copy. If you are looking for birth, death or marriage info, if the city does not have a record, it is most likely located in Albany, the state capitol.