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New York State Counsel to the Governor Bank Mergers and Bank Holding Companies 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 the merging of banks in New York State and to legislation regulating bank holding companies. The Counsel was responsible for various duties, which included making recommendations on proposed legislation; negotiating interstate or international agreements; clearing all contracts; and advising the Governor on many policy and program matters. Records include correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, and newspaper clippings.
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Quantity:
0.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1955-1957
Series Number:
B2337

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 merging of banks in New York State and to legislation regulating bank holding companies. Records include correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, and newspaper clippings, many of which are photostats.

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Access Restrictions

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

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

Contents Box Folder

Accretion: B2337-11
Bank Holding Companies - Legislation 1 1
Banks - Buffalo Merger 1 2
Bank Mergers 1 3