You have the right to remain silent. Your government does not.
The governments of the United States and of each individual state have laws designed to give you access to information about your government.
New York’s Committee on Open Government is here to help. Executive Director Robert Freeman has been at the helm for more than forty years, helping people use the law to learn about what their government is doing. He calls it the best job in state government. Bob Freeman is a hero to journalists around the state, but will help anyone looking for public information.
Perhaps the best known public access legislation is the Freedom of Information Law or FOIL. The Committee on Open Government also offers opinions on the Open Meetings Law and the Personal Privacy Protection Law.
If you're looking for information on the federal government, the Freedom of Information Act gives you the tools you need.