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New York State Counsel to the Governor Committees and Commissions Subject Files

Held by the New York State Archives


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Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
The subject files of the Counsel to the Governor's office relate to the creation, activities, and meetings of legislative or administrative committees and commissions. The Counsel's duties included making recommendations on proposed legislation; acting as a liaison between the Governor's Office and the State Legislature and between the Governor and all investigative bodies; and advising the Governor on policy and program matters. Correspondence and reports in these subjects files document include criminal insanity and home rule.
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Quantity:
3 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1955-1958
Series Number:
B2336

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 the creation, activities, and meetings of legislative or administrative committees and commissions. The subjects of criminal insanity and home rule are well documented by the records, which include both correspondence and reports.

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Access Restrictions

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

Related Information

Related Materials

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

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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: B2336-11
1957 1957 Aging, Problems of 1 1
Lake Champlain Bridge Commission 1 2
Bridge Commission, Lake Champlain 1 3
New York Business Development Corporation 1 4
Revision and Simplification of Constitution (Constitutional Convention) 1 5
Coordination of State Activites, Temporary State Commission 1 6
Criminal Insanity Conference: Subcommittee Proceedings 1 7
Criminal Insanity Conference: Correspondence - Members of the Governor's Subcommittee 1 8
Criminal Insanity Conference: Correspondence - Requests for Reports 1 9
Criminal Insanity Conference: Newspaper Clippings 1 10
Criminal Insanity Conference: Related Reports 1 11
Criminal Insanity Conference: Press Releases 1 12
Criminal Insanity Conference: Mailing Lists 1 13
Criminal Insanity Conference: Correspondence (Misc.) 1 14
Criminal Insanity Conference: Correspondence (Invitations and Acceptances) 1 15
Criminal Insanity Conference: Correspondence (Berman Article) 1 16
Educational Finances, TSC 1 17
NYS Temporary Study Committee on Educational TV 1 18
Equalization and Assessment, State Board of 1 19
Flood Control Commission 1 20
Government Operations, Joint Legislative Committee 1 21
Historical and Military Exhibit 1 22
Home Rule (Governor's Conference on) 1 23
Home Rule Binder 2 1
Home Rule Binder 2 2
Interstate Sanitation Commission 2 3
Improper Labor Management Practices 2 4
Labor Practices, Committee on 2 5
Mental Retardation, Joint Legislative Committee 2 6
Narcotics Committee 2 7
Narcotics Laws 2 8
Niagara Falls Bridge Commission 2 9
Saratoga Spa Committee 2 10
Payroll Investigation 2 11
Public Employee Security Procedures, Committee on 2 12
Rent Commissions, Temporary State Housing 2 13
Rent Commissions, Temporary State Housing 3 1
Sullivan Laws - Commission to Recodify 3 2
Waterfront Commission Appointments 3 3
1955-1958 Waterfront Commission Correspondence 3 4
Waterfront Strike 3 5