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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.

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New York Missing Children

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  • Missing: Larissa Kacensky
    Larissa Kacensky, Age Now: 16, Missing: 07/27/2019. Missing From Troy, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Troy City Police Department (new York) 1-518-270-4411.
    August 16, 2019
  • Missing: Trinity Abraham
    Trinity Abraham, Age Now: 14, Missing: 07/21/2019. Missing From New Rochelle, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: New Rochelle Police Department (new York) 1-914-654-2300.
    August 16, 2019
  • Missing: Daequan Turner
    Daequan Turner, Age Now: 16, Missing: 08/04/2019. Missing From New York, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: New York Police Department (new York) 1-212-694-7781.
    August 16, 2019
  • Missing: Larismal Arias
    Larismal Arias, Age Now: 17, Missing: 07/31/2019. Missing From Pomona, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Town Of Haverstraw Police Department (new York) 1-845-354-1500.
    August 15, 2019
  • Missing: Robert Wycke
    Robert Wycke, Age Now: 15, Missing: 04/11/2019. Missing From Middletown, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Wallkill Town Police Department (new York) 1-845-692-6757.
    August 15, 2019
  • Missing: Lucia Skelly
    Lucia Skelly, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/08/2019. Missing From Holbrook, Ny. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Suffolk County Police Department (new York) 1-631-854-6400.
    August 14, 2019

New York Recent Criminal Activity Reports

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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 Latest Crime Records (Updated 08/18/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    75,398
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    617
  • Rape:
    5,433
  • Robbery:
    24,045
  • Aggravated Assault:
    45,303
  • Total Property Crime:
    339,282
  • Burglary:
    50,781
  • Larceny Theft:
    272,765
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    15,736

New York American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 08/18/2019)

  • New York's demographic and housing ACS survey of 19,594,330 being 6.24 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.5% males and 51.5% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The New York social characteristics data of 7,255,528 households, which make up 6.24 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 4,636,017 families with and without children. There are 4,997,148 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The New York American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 15,832,743 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 6.36 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 10,030,632 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • New York housing characteristics are collected from 8,153,309 dwellings making up 6.14 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 7,255,528 or uninhabited 897,781 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 7,255,528 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

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
  • 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
  • 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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