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New York State Counsel to the Governor Departments and Divisions 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 departments and divisions of New York State government. The counsel's responsibilities included making recommendations on proposed legislation; acting as a liaison between the Governor's Office and the State Legislature; and advising the Governor on policy and program matters. Much of this material relates to policy matters or to legal, legislative, jurisdictional, or administrative aspects of the departments and divisions.
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Quantity:
8.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1955-1958
Series Number:
B2338

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 departments and divisions of New York State government. Records consist of correspondence, memoranda, telegrams, reports, press releases, messages, clippings and bills relating to the various departments and divisions. Much of the material relates to policy matters or to legal, legislative, jurisdictional, or administrative aspects of the departments and divisions.

B2338-18: Subjects covered in this accretion include public works projects, rent control, and mental health policy.

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Access Restrictions

Records are available for inspection and copying under the Freedom of Information Law, unless that law exempts particular records from disclosure.

Related Information

Related Materials

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

Acquistion Information

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: B2338-11
Agriculture and Markets 1 1
Amsterdam, City of 1 2
Audit and Control 1 3
Audit and Control: State Retirement System - Deficiency Contributions from State Insurance Fund 1 4
Banking 1 5
Banking (Small Loan Companies) 1 6
Banking Department 1 7
Banking Department 1 8
1958 Budget, Division of 1 9
Budget, Division of 1 10
Building Code Commission, State 1 11
Civil Defense Commission, State 1 12
Civil Service 1 13
1958 Civil Service 1 14
Group Insurance for State Employees 1 15
TV Presentation (Corrections) 2 21
TV Presentation (Corrections) 2 21
Commerce, Department of 2 1
1958 Commerce 2 2
Conservation Department 2 3
Alleghany Reservoir Project 2 4
Black River Regulating District 2 5
Delaware River Basin 2 6
Erie County Water Authority 2 7
Erie - Wyoming Soil Conservation District (Buffalo Creek) 2 8
Great Lakes Compact 2 9
Hudson River Regulating District, Board of 2 10
Illinois Water Case 2 11
Lake George Water Levels 2 12
Park Commission, Long Island 2 13
Conservation Department - Water Power and Control Comm. 2 14
Mianus River - Water Power Control Board - Connecticut Water 2 15
1955-1956 Consumer Counsel 2 16
1957 Consumer Counsel 2 17
1958 Consumer Counsel 2 18
1958 Department of Corrections 2 19
Department of Corrections 2 20
Governor's Anticrime Conference 2 23
1957 Discrimination, State Commission Against 2 24
SCAD, Keane Case 3 1
SCAD, Congeressman Powell 3 2
1957 Historic Sites, Education Department 3 3
School Bond Authority - Education 3 4
Education Department 3 5
Clemency, Executive - Requests for 3 6
1958 Executive Clemency, Governor's Prison Commission 3 7
Extradition 3 8
State Commission on Fire Laws 3 9
Harness Racing Commission 3 10
Health, Department of 3 11
1957 Water Pollution Control Board 3 12
Housing, Division of 3 13
Housing (NYC) Preuse Report 4 1
Rent Commission, Temporary State Housing 4 2
Insurance Department 4 3
Insurance Automobile Liability Rates 4 4
Insurance - Uninsured Motorists 4 5
Insurance - Flood Insurance 4 6
Labor, State Department of 4 7
Industrial Council, The - Department of Labor 4 8
Insurance Fund, State - Department of Labor 4 9
Insurance Welfare Fund - Department of Labor 4 10
National Labor Relations Board (Jurisdiction) 4 11
Labor Relations Board 4 12
Standards and Appeals, Board of - Department of Labor 4 13
Workmen's Compensation Board - Department of Labor 4 14
Workmen's Compensation Medical Fees - Department of Labor 4 15
Workmen's Compensation 4 16
Workmen's Compensation (Rehabilitation) 5 1
Moreland Act Commission 5 2
1957 Attorney General, Opinions of 5 3
1958 Attorney General, Memos 5 4
Law, Department of - Attorney General 5 5
Re: Attorney General's Election to Senate and Vacancy in Office 5 6
Department of Law's Code of Ethics 5 7
1958 Liquor Authority, State 5 8
State Lottery Control, Commission 5 9
Mental Hygiene - McNaughton Rule 5 10
Chaplaincies - State Institutions - Mental Hygiene 5 11
Chaplaincies 5 12
1955-1958 Military and Naval Affairs 5 13
Military and Naval Affairs Re: Captain Morton Litwak 5 14
Military and Naval Affairs, Division of State Federal Armory Construction 5 15
National Guard - Army, Air, Naval 6 1
New York State Guard 6 2
Nassau County, Town Boards 6 3
Nassau Management Company 6 4
City of New York 6 5
Housing Authority - New York City 6 6
Parole, Division of 6 7
Parole Committee 6 8
1958 Public Service Commission Department 6 9
Public Works, Department of 6 10
Social Welfare, Department of 6 11
Standards and Purchase, Division of 6 12
Racing Commission, Division of the (Department of State) 6 13
Department of State 6 14
State Police 6 15
State Police - Criminal Intelligence Unit with the BCI 6 16
Bureau of Criminal Intent 6 17
Police Training Programs 6 18
State Police Grievance Board 7 1
Cemetery Vandalism (State Police) 7 2
Traffic, State Commission 7 3
Taxation and Finance, Department of 7 4
Motor Vehicles - Rules of the Road 7 5
Motor Vehicles, Bureau of - Department of Taxation and Finance 7 6
Teachers' Retirement 7 7
Veterans, New York State Division of 7 8
New York State Youth Commission 7 9
Youth and Work, Governor's Conference on 7 10
Governor's Committee on Sale of Liquor to Minors 7 11
Juvenile Delinquency 7 12
Interstate Compact on Juveniles (Youth) 7 13

Accretion: B2338-18
Executive Assistant to the Counsel Department and Division Subject Files, Agriculture and Markets - Mental Health Commission (Department of Mental Hygiene) 1
Executive Assistant to the Counsel Department and Division Subject Files, Department of Mental Hygiene - Workmen's Compensation Board 2