Important Notice for Fair Hearings Clients

Due to the call volume as a result of the COVID-19 emergency, our call volume can be extremely high. Please do not wait on the line if you have internet access. Instead please request a fair hearing by accessing the online request form at

In accordance with Executive Order 202.5, issued by Governor Cuomo in response to the COVID-19 emergency we are holding most fair hearings telephonically. OAH will attempt to call you on the date of your scheduled hearing, between 9AM and 12PM, if your hearing was scheduled in the morning, or between 1PM and 5PM, if your hearing was scheduled in the afternoon. The Hearing Officer will call from a blocked number. Please ensure your telephones can accept a call from a blocked number. If we are unable to contact you, your hearing will be rescheduled.

Submitting Documents for a Fair Hearing

Any evidence you would like the Hearing Officer to consider should be submitted in one of the following manners:

Please include the fair hearing number in the submit line of emails and on a fax or mail coversheet. Please submit materials at least a week before the hearing.

Last updated: June 3, 2020, 3:50 PM

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Roy Esnard, Deputy Commissioner

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) provides impartial hearings to applicants for, and recipients of, social services benefit programs administered by OTDA and other Executive agencies (e.g., the Department of Health’s Medicaid program, the Office of Children and Family Services’ foster care and childcare programs, and the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities waiver programs).

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