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New York Public Records:
New York has three laws governing open records. The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) assures the people access to government records. The Open Meetings Law (OML) gives the people the right to attend meetings of governing bodies. The Personal Privacy Protection Law (PPPL) requires state agencies to meet standards regarding keeping and disclosure of personal information. A unit of the Department of State, the Committee on Open Government oversees and advises the government and the public on these laws. On July 26, 1788, New York became the eleventh state of the Union. It is often referred to as New York State to distinguish is from New York city. The city of New York is the most populous city in the nation with over 8 million people. It is known as a Gateway for Immigration to the United States and a destination for many visitors. Access to criminal history records and background checks are available through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Discover quick and easy resources for New York public records online. Get information about state, city and county services. Find useful links for New York birth, court and criminal records in this directory. View crime statistics, census data, vital statistics and resident background information. Read about current housing, real estate data, land and property valuations. Browse about the people, employment, overall economy data and businesses in New York. Find everything you need to search about public records and municipalities, all in one site. Page is updated regularly to bring the most current information.

New York Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Questions, Answers and Comments About New York Public Records

  • Q: How do I find members of an llc
    By Bruce
    Feb 14, 2017
    Reply:

    Search corporation and business entity database on the department of state, division of corporation's website. The search is open to anyone and there's no cost associtated with its use. You will be able to see name history of the company, officers, stock information, registered agents and other public information about the company.

    By arthur
    Feb 14, 2017

  • Q: How can I find out what happened to a business? I have paid them for a years worth of services - they have not yet been at my home. When I look up the number online it says business is closed.
    By Karen
    Apr 19, 2016
    Reply:

    Businesses don't enjoy the same privacy individuals do. There's a free secretary of state search to see if it shows them being active or not. They may be under a dba, so you may have to look up other names they may be operating in. You can search court records to see if anything has been filed against them. Don't forget to search under the owners' names also just in case.

    By usa1
    May 12, 2016

  • Q: How can I find out information on an LLC filed in orange county ny?
    By anonymous
    Apr 04, 2016
    Reply:

    What is the name of the LLC? There's a free search from the NY division of corportation. Enter the company's name and indicate whether the company's status is active or not, and the database will show company information freely.

    By adm
    Apr 19, 2016

  • Q: Are marrage licence a matter of public record
    By Margaret
    Mar 25, 2016
    Reply:

    If you go to the state's department of health you can see what is needed to request a marriage license copy. Also, you will see a link to archived or genealogy records, which are records of fifty years or older and both spouses are deceased.

    By ted
    Mar 31, 2016

  • Q: If I need to prove that someone is falsely saying that there was a restraining order filed against me by my former wife in 1999-2000 (there never was, and I have copy of uncontested divorce filing and agmt) - is there anywhere online that I can search for my record to show it is clean and no history of any restraining order?
    By Mike
    Feb 10, 2016
    Reply:

    You can try the freedom of information act to get a clearance

    By anonymous
    Mar 06, 2016

  • Q: Can record inquiries be made for a deceased persons?
    By Connie
    Dec 19, 2015
    Reply:

    If they've been deceased for a long time, wouldn't their records be in archives. It may be even easier as the same privacy laws may not apply.

    By anonymous
    Dec 22, 2015

  • Q: Where do I find free public record /divorce-several years ago???
    By s.l.
    Jan 19, 2016
    Reply:

    Public records aren't necessarily free, just openly accessible to the public. If you want free records that the government departments usually charge for online, you will need to dig around, such as courthouse links specific to a certain county. New York courts have a .gov webpage (which means a government site) titled "Divorce In Your County". This webpage shows courts providing county specific online divorce data.

    By al
    Jan 20, 2016

New York Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Serenity Lopez
    Serenity Lopez, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/17/2018. Missing From Syosset, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Nassau County Police Department (new York) 1-516-573-8800.
    September 18, 2018
  • Missing: Desiree Fuller
    Desiree Fuller, Age Now: 16, Missing: 09/05/2018. Missing From Brooklyn, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: New York City Police Department (new York) 1-212-694-7781.
    September 17, 2018
  • Missing: Javell Smith
    Javell Smith, Age Now: 15, Missing: 09/09/2018. Missing From Syracuse, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Syracuse Police Department (new York) 1-315-442-5111.
    September 14, 2018
  • Missing: Steven Damman
    Steven Damman, Age Now: 65, Missing: 10/31/1955. Missing From East Meadow, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Nassau County Police Department (new York) 1-516-573-7000.
    September 14, 2018
  • Missing: Raymond Mott
    Raymond Mott, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/22/2018. Missing From Albany, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Albany Police Department (new York) 1-518-438-4000.
    September 11, 2018
  • Missing: Nahomi Grant
    Nahomi Grant, Age Now: 16, Missing: 06/22/2018. Missing From New York, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: New York Police Department (new York) 1-212-694-7781.
    September 07, 2018

New York Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • David Michael Maenza • Ogden, New York • 52 Years Old
    October 29, 2017
  • Missing Person • Nicholas Gervasi • Brooklyn, New York • 91 Years Old
    September 20, 2017
  • Missing Person • Kenny Mccall • Diana, New York • 24 Years Old
    August 28, 2017
  • Missing Person • Mary Helms • Cortland, New York • 25 Years Old
    August 27, 2017
  • Missing Person • Terrance Lyles Jr • Manhattan, New York • 25 Years Old
    August 24, 2017
  • Missing Person • Jerry Furnia • Schuyler Falls, New York • 50 Years Old
    August 22, 2017

New York Census Data

  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    19,378,102
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    18,976,811
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    2%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    401,645
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    18,976,457
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    1,223,080
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    4,424,083
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    23%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    13%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    2,619,755
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    12,740,974
  • State's black resident population
    3,073,800
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    106,906
  • State's Asian resident population
    1,420,244
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    8,766
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    585,849
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    3,416,922
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    11,304,247
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    66%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    16%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    7%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    18%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    58%
  • Vital Statistics


    Births and deaths occurring in New York
  • Births
    253,451
  • Deaths
    147,680
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    1,412
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    88%
  • Resident Background Information


    Education and background history of New York Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    21%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    29%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    84%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    32%
  • Total number of Veterans
    1,064,754
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data


    Households located in New York
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    31 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    8,017,881
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    338,578
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    4%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    56%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $300,600
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    51%
  • Total number of households
    7,137,013
  • Average size of households
    3
  • New York Employment Data


    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $30,634
  • 2009 statewide income of median households in New York
    $54,554
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    14%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $900,819
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $46,364
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    9,699,492
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    813,386
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    11,039,874
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    584,465
  • People employed by the government
    1,510,520
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    726,998,385
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    65,852
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    518,632
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    1,513,170
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    39,813,499
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of New York
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    1,956,895
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    10%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    1%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    9%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    10%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    30%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    162,720,173
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    313,461,904
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    230,718,065
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    11,879
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and New York territory
  • 2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units
    18,344
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    3,062,271
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    7,174,743
  • Size in square miles of land
    47,214
  • Population per square mile
    410
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