Law, Department of

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Mission

The Department of Law was created in 1926 and is headed by the State Attorney General, who is elected by the people. The Department is responsible for protecting the legal rights of New York State and its citizens by representing the State in litigation and in other legal affairs.

In implementing its constitutional responsibilities, the Department performs a wide range of functions including prosecuting or defending actions and proceedings for or against the State and its departments; prosecuting certain criminal violations of the Labor, Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Insurance laws; investigating and prosecuting other criminal cases at the request of the Governor or the commissioners of State departments; investigating the activities of organized crime; bringing civil and/or criminal actions against polluters, violators of antitrust laws and those who defraud consumers or investors; mediating consumer complaints; and investigating and prosecuting cases of Medicaid fraud.

Budget Highlights

The Executive Budget recommends $223.9 million ($102.8 million General Fund; $82.7 million in Special Revenue - Other; $38.4 million Federal Funds) for operations of the Department. This reflects an increase of $3.3 million from SFY 2014, which results in growth on a State Operating Funds basis of 2 percent above SFY 2014. In addition, a new capital appropriation is recommended at $9 million, to support critical technology projects for the Department.

The Executive Budget appropriations support a workforce of 1,833 FTEs, which is an increase of 35 above SFY 2014.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
2013-14
Appropriations
Recommended
2014-15
Change From
2013-14
Reappropriations
Recommended
2014-15
State Operations 220,641,000 223,941,000 3,300,000 10,832,000
Total 220,641,000 223,941,000 3,300,000 10,832,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program 2013-14
Estimated FTEs
03/31/14
2014-15
Estimated FTEs
03/31/15
FTE Change
Administration
General Fund 180 185 5
Appeals and Opinions
General Fund 84 87 3
Counsel for the State
General Fund 345 357 12
Special Revenue Funds - Other 93 93 0
Criminal Investigations
General Fund 155 159 4
Economic Justice
General Fund 0 1 1
Special Revenue Funds - Other 172 172 0
Social Justice
General Fund 87 90 3
Special Revenue Funds - Other 80 80 0
Capital Projects Funds - Other 7 7 0
Criminal Justice
General Fund 78 81 3
Special Revenue Funds - Other 49 49 0
Medicaid Fraud Control
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 248 248 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 83 83 0
Regional Offices
General Fund 137 141 4
Total 1,798 1,833 35

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/20/2014

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