Under New York’s Freedom of Information Law most of your village’s records, including written and electronic communications, are public records subject to public review and copy. That includes many of your village related emails, even if they are to or from personal or business email addresses. For that reason, it often is recommended that you send and receive those emails in a separate email address. It will save you a lot of time not having to go through your personal or business emails when a FOIL request is made. It also will avoid mistaken disclosure of unrelated emails. While less frequent, the above also applies to village litigation.