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New York State Counsel to the Governor Records Relating to Investigations

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 documents investigations on public officials, agency management, proper enforcement of laws and matters of public peace, safety, and justice. Records include correspondence, memoranda, hearings transcripts, testimonies and interviews, reports and findings of the Commission, court decisions and grand jury reports, and newspaper clippings. Notable investigations include the Mafia meeting at Apalachin, NY; parole of Joseph Lanza; a Ballston Spa murder; a Brooklyn cave-in; the Corning police chief; funeral homes and Westfield State Farm. Records are partially restricted.
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Quantity:
5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1955-1958
Series Number:
B2438

Arrangement

Records relating to pursued investigations: Alphabetical by name of the person, office, or department being investigated.

Records relating to closed investigations: Numerical by case number.

General records of investigations: Chronological.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, memoranda, transcripts of hearings, testimonies and interviews, reports and findings of the New York State Commission of Investigation, copies of court decisions and grand jury reports, newspaper clippings, and other records relating to investigations brought to the attention of the Governor's office. These investigations relate to matters concerning the conduct of public officials, the management and affairs of any department or public agency of the state, proper enforcement of the laws of the state, or any matter concerning public peace, public safety, and public justice that the governor had the authority to investigate. Notable investigations include the Mafia meeting at Apalachin, NY, the parole of Joseph Lanza, a Ballston Spa murder, a Brooklyn cave-in, the Corning police chief, funeral homes, Westfield State Farm, and numerous county and municipal government officials.

The series includes records both of investigations pursued by the Commission of Investigation, and also of those that were closed because of a lack of basis for an investigation or prosecution, because the case was transferred to another agency, or because the complainants brought action of their own through the courts. The series also includes general records of investigations, as well as records pertaining to the establishment of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Commission of Investigation.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Series B2438: Partially restricted by Laws of 1953, Chap. 887; Civil Rights Law, sect. 63.8; Civil Practice Law and Rules, sect. 3101(b), (c), and (d) and 4503(a); Freedom of Information Law, sect. 87.2(b), (e)(iii) and (iv), and (g). For further information, please contact the State Archives.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series B1933, Interim report investigation of Joseph Lanza, contains related records

Series 18226, Master case files of the Temporary Commission of Investigation, contains related records.

Other finding aids

Folder list is available at the repository, but it may contain restricted information.

Acquistion Information

This series was a gift to Syracuse University from Governor Harriman in 1959, and was transferred to the New York State Archives in 2006.

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Detailed Description

Contents Box Folder

Accretion: B2438-13
Attica Prison Investigation 1 1
Apalachin Investigation 1 2
Apalachin Raid - Investigation (1) 1 3
Apalachin Raid - Investigation (2) 1 4
Ballston Spa Investigation - Peter Curran 1 5
Investigation, Benoit v. Carey and Bostwick and the Howard G. Potter Estate (1) 1 6
Investigation, Benoit v. Carey and Bostwick and the Howard G. Potter Estate (2) 1 7
Bank Examiners 1 8
Brooklyn Cave-In (Public Works) 1 9
"John C. Champlin" - Complaint re: Banks 1 10
Chenango County 1 11
Conservation - Special - Louis A.Wehle 1 12
Investigation, Anthony Coppola 1 13
Confidential, Inc. - Extradition 1 14
Corning Police Chief 1 15
Delaware County, District Attorney 1 16
1957 Elections, Monroe County 1 17
Elections, Putnam County 1 18
Elections, Schenectady County 1 19
Erie County Court 1 20
Fay, Joseph 2 1
Fried, Henry 2 2
Funeral Home Investigation - Alberto (1) 2 3
Funeral Home Investigation - Alberto (2) 2 4
Glens Falls 2 5
Investigation, Town of Goshen 2 6
Greene County Court 2 7
Hamilton County 2 8
Hanna, Edward A. - Parks 2 9
Kings County 2 10
Kings County Primary 2 11
Labor Practices 2 12
Investigations - Lincoln School 2 13
Joseph Lanza, Parole (1) 2 14
Joseph Lanza, Parole (2) 2 15
Joseph Lanza, Parole (3) 2 16
Meat Purchased by State, 1955 2 17
Monticello, Police Justice 2 18
State Liquor Authority, 1955 2 19
Nassau County - Case of Ciminera v. Sahn, Town Supervisor, etc. 2 20
Nassau County Carting (Squillante) 2 21
Newark State School 2 22
NYC Transit Strike 2 23
Onondaga County Home and Infirmary 3 1
Otsego County Supervisors 3 2
Investigation: Oyster Bay Garbage Districts 3 3
Port Jefferson Harbor 3 4
Attorney General Powers 3 5
Oneida County - Utica 3 6
Public Works Investigation (1) 3 7
Public Works Investigation (2) 3 8
Public Works Investigation - Binghamton Hospital 3 9
Putnam Valley 3 10
Motor Vehicle Bureau, Queens County, 1955 3 11
Rochester Police Investigation 3 12
Strike - Republic Aircraft 3 13
Rockwood Situation 3 14
Henry J. Ross, Miscellaneous Material 3 15
St. Lawrence County Grand Jury 3 16
Corrections, St. Lawrence Jail Break 3 17
Saratoga Spa Investigation 3 18
Scarsdale - Duhigg, William H., Fire Chief 3 19
Schenectady Investigation 3 20
State Police 3 21
State employee intercessions in regard to charges pending against Carmine Galante 3 22
State Police, Claverack - Zaidorf, Jack 3 23
Suffolk County (1) 4 1
Suffolk County (2) 4 2
Suffolk County (3) 4 3
Suffolk County (4) 4 4
Suffolk County (5) 4 5
Suffolk County (6) 4 6
Investigation - John Muddeman, Suffolk County Planning Board, 1957 4 7
Suffok County Investigation, Press Releases 4 8
Sullivan County 4 9
Teamsters, Local 445 4 10
Tractor Cases 4 11
Ulster County (Kingsont) Investigation (1) 4 12
Ulster County (Kingston) Investigation (2) 4 13
Westchester County Investigation (1) 4 14
Westchester County Investigation (2) 4 15
Westfield State Farm Investigation (1) 4 16
Westfield State Farm Investigation (2) 4 17
CL 58-112: Kings County Police 5 1
CL 58-166: Colonie Police 5 2
CL 58-170: Brooklyn Waterfront 5 3
CL 58-187:District Attorney, Seneca County 5 4
CL 58-189: Otsego County 5 5
CL58-217: Queens County District Attorney 5 6
CL 58-218: Builders and Contractors 5 7
CL 58-213: Rome, William Macing/NYS Employment Office 5 8
CL 58-219: Niagara Frontier Port Authority 5 9
CL 58-220 Board of Rye Neck, Mamaroneck 5 10
CL 58-222: Albert Smithler and James Hanna 5 11
CL 58-223: Fulton County 5 12
CL 58-224: Beacon Police Department 5 13
CL 58-228: Ossining Police (Westchester County) 5 14
CL 58-239: Chautauqua Collection Service 5 15
CL 58-240: Saratoga Springs 5 16
CL 58-265: Auburn (Cayuga County) 5 17
CL 58-276: New York City Board of Education 5 18
CL 58-282 Wage Assignments/Credit Plans 5 19
CL 58-283: Walter E. Kelly v. Mayron Green and Eugene Hackett 5 20
CL 58-284: Islip Chief of Police 5 21
CL 58-293: Deer Park Real Estate 5 22
CL 58-298: Agricultural Labor - Unemployment 5 23
CL 58-300: Ulster County Sheriff 5 24
CL 58-312: Harts Island/Rikers Island 5 25
CL 58-323: Manhattan Family Court 5 26
CL 58-325: Cortland County Welfare Department 5 27
CL 58-335: Albany Discount Corporation 5 28
CL 58-344: State Liquor Authority 5 29
CL 58-347: Mechanicsville (Saratoga County) 5 30
CL 58-352: Rome/State Police 5 31
CL 58-353: Clarkestown Police Department 5 32
CL 58-354: Surety Company 5 33
CL 58-356: Sullivan County Sheriff 5 34
CL 58-360: Oneonta Dog Licensing 5 35
CL 58-361: Otsego County Clerk 5 36
CL 58-366: Pleasant Valley Police 5 37
CL 58-367: Joseph Passikoff, Notary Public 5 38
CL 58-371: Suffolk County 5 39
CL 58-375: People v. DeGroat and Ferraro 5 40
CL 58-378: State Liquor Authority 5 41
CL 58-379: Town of Hempstead 5 42
CL 58-381: Anti-Narcotics Laws 5 43
CL 58-383: Wayne County District Attorney 5 44
CL 58-389: Quinlan 5 45
CL 58-401: Borg-Johnson, Inc. 5 46
CL 58-406: Suffolk County Courts 5 47
CL 58-407: Juvenile Delinquency 5 48
CL 58-455: Gambling in Glens Falls 5 49
Cl 58-457: Nassau County Sheriff 5 50
CL 58-462: Hamburg 5 51
CL 58-493: Kingston Police 5 52
CL 58-497: Westchester County Civil Service 5 53
CL 58-508: Commissioner of Public Safety, Long Beach 5 54
CL 58-517: Washington County Voting Booths 5 55
CL 58-529: Haverstraw Police Department 5 56
General Records of Investigations, 1955 5 57
General Records of Investigations, 1956 5 58
General Records of Investigations, 1957 (1) 5 59
General Records of Investigations, 1957 (2) 5 60
General Records of Investigations, 1958 5 61
Records Relating to Establishment of Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Commission of Investigation, 1957-1958 5 62