New York Statewide Offices

  • Attorney General

    As head of the Department of Law, the Attorney General is both the “People's Lawyer” and the State's chief legal officer. As the “People's Lawyer,” the Attorney General serves as the guardian of the legal rights of the citizens of New York, its organizations and its natural resources. In his role as the State's chief legal counsel, the Attorney General not only advises the Executive branch of State government, but also defends actions and proceedings on behalf of the State.

  • Governor

    The Governor of New York is the State's Chief Executive and charged with a number of responsibilities such as the preparation of the state's executive budget, execution and enforcement of state laws and Commander-in-Chief of New York's military and naval forces.

  • Lt. Governor

    The Lt. Governor is the second highest ranking official in the government of New York. Official duties dictated to the lieutenant governor under the present state constitution are to serve as President of the State Senate, serve as acting governor in the absence of the governor from the state or the disability of the governor, or to become governor in the event of the governor's death, impeachment or resignation. Additional statutory duties of the lieutenant governor are to serve on the Court of Impeachments, the State Defense Council, and on the Board of Trustees of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

  • Secretary of State

    The Department of State defends the public's safety, protects and develops a sustainable environment, strengthens local communities, and serves the business community. The Department's customers include the financial community, corporations, and attorneys. It also licenses a variety of professions and occupations, including the real estate and cosmetology industries, private investigators, and notaries. The Department also provides administrative support for several other offices, including the State Athletic Commission, and the Committee on Open Government.

  • State Comptroller

    The State Comptroller administers the New York State and Local Retirement System for public employees; acts as sole trustee of the Common Retirement Fund; maintains the State's accounting system and administers the State’s payroll; issues reports on state finance; manages the State's assets and issues debt; reviews State contracts and payments before they are issued;conducts audits of State agencies and public benefit corporations; oversees the fiscal affairs of local governments; oversees the Justice Court Fund and the Oil Spill Fund; and acts as custodian of abandoned property and restores unclaimed funds to their rightful owners.

  • State of New York

    New York is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous. New York is often referred to as New York State to distinguish it from New York City. New York City, which is geographically the largest city in the state and most populous in the United States, is known for its history as a gateway for immigration to the United States and its status as a financial, cultural, transportation, and manufacturing center.

New York Legislative Branch

  • New York State Assembly

    The New York State Assembly is the lower house of the New York Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of New York. The Assembly is composed of 150 members representing an equal number of districts, with each district having an average population of 128,652. Assembly members serve two-year terms without term limits.

  • New York State Senate

    The New York State Senate is one of two houses in the New York State Legislature and has members each elected to two-year terms.[2] There are no limits on the number of terms one may serve. The New York Constitution provides for a varying number of members in the Senate.

New York Court Rules and Forms

New York Judicial Branch

  • Court of Claims

    The New York State Court of Claims is the exclusive forum for civil litigation seeking damages against the State of New York or certain other State-related entities such as the N.Y. State Thruway Authority, the City University of New York and the N.Y. State Power Authority (claims for the appropriation of real property only). The Court of Claims has no jurisdiction over any city, county or town government, or over any individual defendant.

  • New York State Unified Court System

    The mission of the Unified Court System is to promote the rule of law and to serve the public by providing just and timely resolution of all matters before the courts. Courts of New York include: New York Court of Appeals; the Circuit Courts; the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division; the New York Supreme Court; County; Court of Claims; Town and Village Courts; Midtown Community Court; and Problem-Solving Courts.

New York Executive Branch

  • Adirondack Park Agency

    The Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region. Today the Park is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined. The Adirondack Park Agency (APA) was created in 1971 by the New York State Legislature to develop long-range land use plans for both public and private lands within the boundary of the Park.

  • Banking Department

    The New York State Banking Department (NYSBD) is the primary regulator for state-licensed and state-chartered financial entities, including domestic banks, foreign agencies, branches and representative offices, savings institutions and trust companies, credit unions and other financial institutions operating in New York including mortgage bankers and brokers, check cashers, money transmitters, and licensed lenders, among others.

  • Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

    The Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD) serves New Yorkers with all kinds of disabilities by providing independent oversight of programs and services designed to meet their needs, and by offering legal, advocacy, training, information, and technical assistance services to promote their full inclusion in all aspects of community life.

  • Department of Agriculture and Markets

    The mission of the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets is to foster a competitive food and agriculture industry that benefits producers and consumers alike. Agriculture makes up one-quarter of the State's land area. The Department works diligently to promote a viable agricultural industry, fosters agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguards New York State's food supply.

  • Department of Civil Service

    The New York State Department of Civil Service is the central personnel agency for State and local governments. The Department provides a variety of human resources services in their effort to build and maintain a vibrant workforce capable of meeting and exceeding the challenges of the future.

  • Department of Correctional Services

    Welcome to the home page of the New York State Department of Correctional Services. Our site includes online inmate lookup, press releases, correctional facility directory, and much more.

  • Department of Economic Development: Tourism is the official New York state tourism site. The mission of the Department is to promote vacationing in New York by residents and visitors and to contribute to the state's economy by supporting the state's tourism industry.

  • Department of Environment Conservation

    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was created in 1970 to combine in a single agency all state programs designed to protect and enhance the environment. DEC's mission is to conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being.

  • Department of Health

    The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is the governmental body responsible for public health in the state of New York. The cabinet-level department is headed by the Health Commissioner.

  • Department of Insurance

    The Insurance Department is responsible for supervising and regulating all insurance business in New York State. he Department carries out its supervisory function by issuing licenses; conducting examinations of insurers, and underwriting practices; and auditing each company’s annual reports. The Department carries out its regulatory function by determining qualifications of insurers; regulating rates, certain retirement systems and pension funds; reviewing policyholders’ complaints; supervising the liquidation, rehabilitation, and conservation of insolvent insurers; and approving corporate formations, mergers, and consolidations.

  • Department of Labor

    The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) is responsible for a variety of programs, including Worker Protection, Unemployment Insurance, Employment Services, and Workforce Development. DOL's mission is to vigorously enforces state labor laws to provide a level playing field for law-abiding employers. DOL works to ensure a fair wage for all workers and protect the safety and health of workers and the public; and assists the unemployed by providing temporary financial assistance, connect job seekers with employers, and build a workforce that helps New York's businesses compete in today's global economy

  • Department of Motor Vehicles

    The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) is the governmental agency responsible for registering and inspecting automobiles and other motor vehicles as well as licensing drivers in the state of New York. The Division of Field Investigations (DFI) is the criminal investigations arm of the DMV. It employs highly-trained investigators to combat auto theft, identity theft and fraudulent document related crimes which take place in New York. These investigators are armed New York State peace officers with statewide authority to enforce laws and handle investigations.

  • Department of Taxation and Finance

    The mission of the Department of Taxation and Finance is to efficiently collect tax revenues in support of State servces and programs while acting with integrity and fairness in the administration of the tax laws of the State. Some of the department's duties include administering State and local taxes and fees; administering programs that deliver social and economic benefits though the tax system; enforcement of the tax laws; dispute resolution; and responsibility for the fiscal oversight of various public authorities and acting as joint custodian of the State's general checking account.

  • Department of Transportation

    New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) coordinates and assists in development and operation of transportation facilities and services for highways, railroads, mass transit systems, ports, waterways and aviation facilities; formulates and keeps current a long-range, comprehensive statewide master plan for the balanced development of public and private commuter and general transportation facilities; administers a public safety program for railroads and motor carriers engaged in intrastate commerce; directs state regulation oof such carriers in matters of rates and service; and provides oversight in matters relative to the safe operation of bus lines, commuter railroads and subway systems that are publicly subsidized through the Public Transportation Safety Board.

  • Division of Criminal Justice Services

    The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry that allows anyone to research the status of an offender.

  • Division of Housing and Community Renewal

    New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) is responsible for the supervision, maintenance and development of affordable low- and moderate-income housing in New York State. The Division performs a number of activities in fulfillment of this mission, including: Community Development; Housing Operations; Rent Administration; and Policy Research and Development.

  • Division of Military and Naval Affairs

    Covering all New York State Organized Militia Forces including the Army and Air National Guard, Naval Militia and New York Guard.

  • Division of Minority & Women Business Development

    The Division of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development (DMWBD) is a division of Empire State Development. The mission of DMWBD is to promote equality of economic opportunities for MWBEs and to eliminate barriers to their participation in state contracts.

  • Division of State Police

    The New York Division of State Police prevents crime and enforces the law; ensures highway safety; renders general assistance; promotes peace and order; and provides high quality support.

  • Division of the Budget

    The Division of the Budget (DOB) is charged with the responsibility of advising the Governor in matters that affect the financial health of the state. DOB assists in formulating the Governor’s budget proposal to the Legislature, offers policy recommendations on fiscal issues, and oversees the implementation of the final Enacted Budget.

  • Division of Veterans' Affairs

    The New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs was created in 1945 as part of the Executive Department with the task of assisting World War II service men and women with readjustment from the military to civilian life. The Division's mission is to provide quality service, advocacy and counseling for New York State Veterans and their families to ensure they receive benefits granted by law for their service to New York and the Nation.

  • Empire State Development

    Empire State Development is committed to being recognized on a global scale as the economic development engine driving job growth, strategic investment and prosperity in New York State.

  • GIS Clearinghouse

    The New York State Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Clearinghouse, operated by the New York State Office of Cyber Security & Critical Infrastructure Coordination, was established to disseminate information about New York's Statewide GIS Coordination Program and to provide access to the New York State GIS Data and Metadata Repository. In addition, the Clearinghouse provides information on and links to GIS education and training opportunities; other state and Federal GIS resources; GIS user groups throughout New York; and GIS-related listservs.

  • Governor's Office of Employee Relations

    As the Governor's representative in employee relations matters, the Governor's Office of Employee Relations (GOER): Negotiates, implements, and administers collective bargaining agreements; provides advice and technical assistance to managers, supervisors, and human resource professionals related to personnel rules, regulations, policies, and contract administration issues; ensures compensation and benefit programs for State employees are cost-effective; offers training and development programs designed to increase the competency of the State workforce; plans for a changing workplace in partnership with the unions and the Department of Civil Service. Promotes and maintains a safe and healthy workforce

  • Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

    The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) awards Federal highway safety grant funds to local, state and not-for-profit agencies for projects to improve highway safety and reduce deaths and serious injuries due to crashes. GTSC coordinates traffic safety activities in the state.

  • Higher Education Services Corporation

    The Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) Manages scholarship and loan programs; Leads the nation in providing state-sponsored grants, scholarships and tuition waivers; provides students and administrators flexible, responsive service when they need it, where they need it and how they need it; and assists schools and students with advanced default prevention, financial literacy and counseling programs.

  • New York Lottery

    The New York Lottery is one of the oldest government-run lotteries in the United States. Begun in 1967 as the third modern US lottery (after the Puerto Rico Lottery began in 1934, and the New Hampshire Sweepstakes in 1964), it has provided additional revenues in New York, mostly education.

  • New York State Archives

    The New York State Archives was established in 1971 and opened its doors to the public in 1978. It is a program of the State Education Department. It cares for and provides access to more than 200 million documents that tell the story of New York from the seventeenth century to the present. From its main facility, it also administers statewide programs that reach out to state agencies, local governments and community organizations.

  • New York State Canal System

    The New York State Canal System is a navigable 524-mile inland waterway that crosses upstate New York. It forms an extensive transportation network providing intermodal linkages within and beyond the state's borders.

  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

    New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1975. Today, NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment.

  • New York State Insurance Fund

    The New York State Insurance Fund's divisions include: Workers' Compensation; Disability Benefits; Safety & Risk Management; and Claimants.

  • New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

    The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) may be required to develop and update regulations that implement the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law and the Navigation Law. State Parks issues documents on various environmental and policy issues, including policy statements; master plans; and environmental impact statements.

  • Office for Technology

    CIO/OFT is a New York State agency that provides statewide technology direction and centralized technology policies and services to other New York State government entities.

  • Office for the Aging

    The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) is part of the Executive Department in New York State and is the designated State Unit on Aging under the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended. NYSOFA's mission is to help older New Yorkers to be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations which serve them.

  • Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

    The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) plans, develops and regulates the state’s system of chemical dependence and gambling treatment agencies. In addition, OASAS licenses, funds, and supervises some 1,300 local, community-based programs, chemical dependence treatment programs in a wide range of comprehensive services. The agency inspects and monitors these programs to guarantee quality of care and to ensure compliance with state and national standards.

  • Office of Children and Family Services

    The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is dedicated to improving the integration of services for New York’s children, youth, families and vulnerable populations; to promoting their development; and to protecting them from violence, neglect, abuse and abandonment. The agency provides a system of family support, juvenile justice, child care and child welfare services that promote the safety and well-being of children and adults.

  • Office of Cyber Security

    The Office of Cyber Security is responsible for the State's cyber security readiness and critical infrastructure coordination. The Office accomplishes its mission by coordinating the State's cyber incident response team; monitoring the State's networks for malicious cyber activities; coordinating the process by which State critical infrastructure data is collected and maintained; and leading and coordinating geographic information technologies.

  • Office of General Services

    The New York State Office of General Services (OGS) provides a broad range of support services that facilitate the operations of State government and that assist local governments, public authorities, public and private agencies. OGS provides numerous services to clients throughout the Empire State, including property management, design and construction, information technology, procurement, and various support services.

  • Office of Higher Education

    The Office of Higher Education (OHE) manages the licensing and certification of teachers, coordinates the State's efforts to ensure standards for academic excellence and performance in higher education; implements the statutory requirements that protect the educational and financial interest of students attending New York State institutions; and administers a variety of the State's grant programs that provide access to higher education for those individuals who are underrepresented and under-served.

  • Office of Long Term Care Ombudsman

    The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (or LTCOP) is a federal advocacy program dedicated to protecting people living in long term care facilities. In New York State, the Office for the Aging operates LTCOP though its Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman.

  • Office of Mental Health

    The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 2,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs.

  • Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities

    People with developmental disabilities enjoy meaningful relationships with friends, family and others in their lives, experience personal health and growth and live in the home of their choice and fully participate in their communities. The mission of the the New York State Office of Mental Retardation is to help people with developmental disabilities live richer lives.

  • Office of Real Property Tax Services

    The New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS), a division within the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, is responsible for overseeing the local administration of real property assessments. The division also establishes a multitude of rates and ratios that allow for the equitable apportionment of local non-income taxes and State Aid between and within municipalities throughout the State.

  • Office of Regulatory Reform

    The Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform (GORR) is an office designed to improve the State’s regulatory process. GORR’s role is to help the State and its agencies write better rules and regulations. With “oversight of the regulatory process,” GORR is to send to the Governor’s Counsel for review and for a gubernatorial decision rules that are balanced, well drafted and soundly based.

  • Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

    The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is responsible for supervising programs that provide assistance and support to eligible families and individuals. OTDA’s functions include: Providing temporary cash assistance; providing assistance in paying for food; providing heating assistance; overseeing New York State’s child support enforcement program; determining certain aspects of eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits; supervising homeless housing and services programs; and providing assistance to certain immigrant populations.

  • State Education Department

    The New York State Education Department is part of the University of the State of New York (USNY), one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the United States. USNY's mission is to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all the people in New York. USNY's vision is to provide leadership for a system that yields the best educated people in the world.

  • State Emergency Management Office

    The mission of the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of New York State from threats posed by natural or man-made events. To fulfill this mission, SEMO coordinates emergency management services with other federal and State agencies to support county and local governments. SEMO routinely assists local government, volunteer organizations, and private industry through a variety of emergency management programs. These programs involve hazard identification, loss prevention, planning, training, operational response to emergencies, technical support, and disaster recovery assistance.

  • State Government Information Locator System

    The New York State Government Information Locator Service (NYS GILS) provides a single point of access to information services provided by New York State Government agencies, the State Legislature and the Judiciary. The GILS site is hosted by the New York State Library.

  • State Library

    The New York State Library is part of the Office of Cultural Education, within the New York State Education Department. The Library serves three major constituencies: the Research Library; Talking Book and Braille Library; and the Division of Library Development.

New York Boards and Commissions

  • Board of Regents

    The Regents are responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the State, presiding over The University and the New York State Education Department. The Regents are organized into standing committees and subcommittees whose members and chairs are appointed by the Chancellor.

  • Commission of Correction

    The Commission of Correction does not hire or oversee Correctional Officers. They are employed either by the New York State Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) or the county in which the local correctional facility (jail) is located.

  • Commission of Investigation

    With a broad statutory mandate to investigate "any matter concerning the public peace, public safety and public justice," the State Commission of Investigation undertakes investigations of corruption, fraud, organized crime, racketeering, money laundering, the conduct of public officers, public employees, officers and employees of public corporations and authorities, and mismanagement in New York State and local government.

  • Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

    The Commission serve New Yorkers with all kinds of disabilities by providing independent oversight of programs and services designed to meet their needs, and by offering legal, advocacy, training, information, and technical assistance services to promote their full inclusion in all aspects of community life.

  • Consumer Protection Board

    The Consumer Protection Board (CPB) is the state's top consumer watchdog and "think tank." The CPB's core mission is to protect New Yorkers by publicizing unscrupulous and questionable business practices and product recalls; conducting investigations and hearings; enforcing the "Do Not Call Law"; researching issues; developing legislation; creating consumer education programs and materials; responding to individual marketplace complaints by securing voluntary agreements; and, representing the interests of consumers before the Public Service Commission (PSC) and other State and federal agencies.

  • Council on Children and Families

    The Council on Children and Families is charged with acting as a neutral body to coordinate the state's health, education and human services system to ensure that all children and families in New York State have the opportunity to reach their potential.

  • Crime Victims Board

    As of June 22, 2010, the Crime Victims Board (CVB) became the Office of Victim Services (OVS) and has been providing compensation and other services to innocent victims of crime for more than 40 years. OVS has a three-tiered mission to: provide compensation to innocent victims of crime; fund direct services to crime victims via a network of community-based programs; and advocate for the rights and benefits of all innocent victims of crime.

  • Dormitory Authority

    The mission of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York is to be the public finance and construction partner of choice, providing its customers with low cost, quality sources of capital and facilities delivered on time by a responsive, innovative team of professionals.

  • New York State Commission on Public Integrity

    The New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying and the New York State Ethics Commission have merged and are now the New York State Commission on Public Integrity. The Commission fosters public trust in government by working to insure compliance with the State's existing ethics and lobbying laws and to improve them. The Commission provides information, education and advice regarding current ethics and lobbying laws, and promotes compliance through audits, investigations and enforcement proceedings.

  • New York State Council on the Arts

    The New York State Council on the Arts is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York's citizens. The Council supports artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure, and the rights of all New Yorkers to access and experience the power of the arts and culture, and the vital contribution the arts make to the quality of life in New York communities.

  • New York State Teachers' Retirement System

    NYSTRS is the second-largest public retirement system in the state and one of the 10-largest systems in the nation. NYSTRS administers a defined benefit plan that provides retirement, disability and death benefits to eligible New York State public school teachers and administrators. Eligibility for these benefits depends on factors such as a member's tier of membership, age, earnings and service credit.

  • New York State Thruway Authority

    The New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) operates the New York State Thruway, which is a system of limited-access highways located within the state. The New York State Canal Corporation is a subsidiary of NYSTA.

  • Public Employment Relations Board

    The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) is the policy-making body for purposes of performing the functions mandated by the Taylor Law. The Taylor Law granted public employees throughout the State the right to join and participate in the activities of any union of their choice, or to decline to do so, and required New York State public employers to bargain collectively with unions chosen by employees regarding terms and conditions of employment. The law also continued the previous prohibition against strikes by public employees.

  • Public Service Commission

    The Public Service Commission (PSC) regulates the state's electric, gas, steam, telecommunications,and water utilities, and also oversees the cable industry. PSC is charged by law with responsibility for setting rates and ensuring that adequate service is provided by New York's utilities. In addition, the Commission exercises jurisdiction over the siting of major gas and electric transmission facilities and has responsibility for ensuring the safety of natural gas and liquid petroleum pipelines.

  • State Board of Elections Voter Information Center

    The State Board of Elections is a bipartisan agency vested with the responsibility for administration and enforcement of all laws relating to elections in New York State. The Board is also responsible for regulating disclosure and limitations of a Fair Campaign Code intended to govern campaign practices. In conducting these wide-ranging responsibilities, the Board offers assistance to local election boards and investigates complaints of possible statutory violations.

  • Workers' Compensation Board

    The New York State Workers' Compensation Board protects the rights of employees and employers by ensuring the proper delivery of benefits to those who are injured or ill, and by promoting compliance with the law.

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