The New York State Executive Department is the department of the New York state government that serves as the administrative department of the Governor of New York. This department has no central operating structure; it consists of a number of divisions, offices, boards, commissions, councils, and other independent agencies that provide policy advice and assistance to the governor and conduct activities according to statute or executive order. Its regulations are compiled in title 9 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.
At the time of the New York's 1920s constitutional reforms, the Executive Department—headed by the Governor—housed only a few core functions such as budgeting, procurement, the state police and military and naval affairs. Since that time, numerous agencies have been created within the Executive Department to accommodate governmental functions not anticipated in the 1920s, while conforming with the limits established by the Constitution. These additions include divisions and offices that do not logically fit into the framework of the other departments, such as the Division of Veterans' Affairs (which advises veterans on services, benefits and entitlements, and administers payments of bonuses and annuities to blind veterans) and the Office of General Services (which provides centralized data processing, construction, maintenance and design services as well as printing, transportation and communication systems).
List of divisions, etc.
Some of the divisions, offices, boards, commissions, councils, and other independent agencies that are part of the New York State Executive Department are the:
- New York State Police
- New York State Commission of Correction
- New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs
- New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs
- New York State Division of Housing and Community
- New York State Division of Human Rights
- New York State Gaming Commission
- New York State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
- New York State Board of Elections
- New York State Office of General Services
- New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
- New York State Office of Victim Services
- Executive Law § 30. "There shall continue to be in the state government an executive department. The head of the executive department shall be the governor. The governor may appoint such subordinates and employees as may be necessary for the exercise of his powers and the performance of his duties as head of the executive department, and may prescribe their duties and fix their compensation within the amounts appropriated therefor."
- "State Government Structure". New York State Division of the Budget. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- Executive Law § 31. "There shall be in the executive department the following divisions: [...] The division of military and naval affairs. [...] The division of state police. [...]"
- Correction Law § 41. "There shall be within the executive department a state commission of correction. [...]"
- "Organization and History". New York State Prison Commission. Retrieved 2011-04-30.
- Public Housing Law § 10. "There shall be in the executive department a division of housing and community renewal. [...]"
- Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law § 102. "There is hereby created within the executive department the New York state gaming commission. [...]"
- Alcoholic Beverage Control Law § 10. "There shall continue to be in the executive department an alcoholic beverage control division, the head of which shall be the state liquor authority [...]"
- "New York State Liquor Authority/Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control". New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- Election Law § 3-100. "There is hereby created within the executive department a New York state board of elections, hereafter referred to as the 'state board of elections', [...]"
- "About the New York State Board of Elections". New York State Board of Elections. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law § 3.03. "The office of parks, recreation and historic preservation is hereby continued in the executive department. [...]"
- Executive Law § 622.