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New York State Counsel to the Governor Authorities Subject Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of the subject files of the Counsel to the Governor's office which relate to New York State authorities. The Counsel's responsibilities included clearing all contracts that required the Governor's signature, making recommendations on proposed legislation, and advising on policy and program matters. Records include correspondence, memoranda, telegrams, reports, plans, press releases, copies of legislative bills and acts, and newspaper clippings relating to the administrative, legal, jurisdictional and legislative aspects of New York State authorities.
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Quantity:
2 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1955-1958
Series Number:
B2334

Arrangement

Alphabetical.

Administrative History

Governor W. Averell Harriman chose Judge Daniel Gutman, President Justice of the Municipal Court of New York, as his counsel. Mr. Gutman, a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and an Assistant District Attorney of Kings County, served in the New York State Assembly from 1938 to 1939 and the New York State Senate from 1939 to 1943. In 1943, he was elected as a Justice of the Municipal Court and in February 1954, he was appointed President Justice.

The duties of the Counsel to the Governor included clearing and making recommendations on proposed legislation; acting as a liaison between the Governor's Office and the State Legislature; negotiating interstate or international agreements; clearing all contracts, as to content and form, which required the Governor's signature (Power Authority contracts, etc.); making recommendations on all appointments to the judiciary; acting as a liaison between the Governor and all investigative bodies; making recommendations on applications for pardons and clemency; and advising the Governor on many policy and program matters.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of the subject files of the Counsel to the Governor's office which relate to New York State authorities. Records include correspondence, memoranda, telegrams, reports, plans, press releases, copies of legislative bills and acts, and newspaper clippings relating to the administrative, legal, jurisdictional and legislative aspects of New York State authorities. Included are files documenting the Niagara Frontier Authority, Port of New York Authority, the Power Authority, the Thruway Authority, and the New York City Transit Authority.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the material.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series Accretion 13682-07 Governor Harriman central subject and correspondence files, contains related records

Series B2340 Power Authority contract records, contains related records on the State Power Authority.

Other finding aids

Folder list.

Custodial History

This series was transferred to Syracuse University from Governor Harriman in 1959, and was transferred to the New York State Archives in 2006. It was accessioned in October 2011.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Folder

Accretion: B2334-11
Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority 1 2
New York City Transit Authority 1 3
New York State Liquor Authority 1 4
Niagara Frontier Port Authority Minutes 1 5
Niagara Frontier Port Authority Draft of Resolution and Legislation 1 6
Niagara Frontier Port Authority 1 7
NYS Barge Canal (Terminal Buildings) 1 8
Niagara Frontier Port Authority 1 9
Ogdensburg Bridge 1 10
Ogdensburg Bridge Authority 1 11
Oswego Port Authority 1 12
Port of New York Authority 1 13

Accretion: N2334-11
Bridge and Highways 1 1

Accretion: B2334-11
Port of New York Authority Re: George Washington Bridge Drawings for Approval 2 1
Port of New York Authority - Holland Tunnel 2 2
Power Authority of the State of New York 2 3
Power Authority - Lewiston 2 4
Federal Power Commission Proceedings 2 5
Niagara - "Long Acre Franchise" 2 6
Power Authority's Application for Niagara License 2 7
Niagara Mohawk Power Company - Niagara River Water 2 8
Niagara Falls Power and Power Authority 2 9
Power Authority - Niagara Falls Taxes 2 10
Tuscarora Reservoir Obstruction 2 11
Niagara and St. Lawrence Grants 2 12
Power Authority Ogdensburg 2 13
Atomic Energy Commission - Niagara Mohawk Contract 2 14
St. Lawrence Seaway Development 2 15
St. Lawrence Power Project 2 16
Thruway, NYS 2 17