Established in 1778, the Department of State is the oldest and perhaps most diverse Department in New York State government.
Long known as the keeper of records, it continues today to serve as the official compiler of state agency rules and regulations and publisher of information on the State Constitution, the Great Seal of New York and other official state documents. But, today, the Department has been re-imagined in the Cuomo Administration as a vehicle to help reinvigorate the States economy and make our communities more livable.
Department of State cover a variety of services including:
- Local Government Services
- Planning & Development: increases resilience and sustainable growth of New York communities by advancing progressive land use solutions, community-based development and building standards and codes.
- Licensing Services: oversees the licensure, registration, and regulation of 32 occupations throughout the state.
- Corporations/State Record and Uniform Commercial Code
- Consumer Protection
- Cemeteries: Under the supervision of the state's Cemetery Board, the division oversees the establishment, maintenance, and preservation of burial grounds for all not-for-profit cemeteries in New York State
- Community Services: responsible for Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) administration, including the distribution of New York’s federal CSBG allocation.
- New York State Athletic Commission: which regulates professional boxing and wrestling contests.
- Administrative Hearings: conduct fair, impartial hearings for the professions and occupations regulated by the New York Department of State.
Prospective business owners - Individuals who wish to get licensed in one of the professions we oversee - Local government official and planners - Media - Consumers
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