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Law, Department of

Agency Web Site: http://www.ag.ny.gov/Link to External Website

Mission

The Department of Law 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.

Organization and Staffing

The legal functions and administrative functions of the Department of Law are divided into eight major divisions: Administration, Appeals and Opinions, Counsel for the State, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Investigations, Social Justice, and Regional Offices. Each division consists of smaller bureaus or specialized units dealing with specific issues.

The Department’s main offices are located in Albany and New York City, with regional offices in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Utica, Watertown, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie, White Plains, Harlem, Brooklyn, Mineola, and Hauppauge.

Budget Highlights

The Executive Budget recommends $263.8 million All Funds ($107.5 million General Fund; $43.6 million Special Revenue Fund - Federal; $91.2 Special Revenue Fund – Other; $20.5 million Internal Service Fund) for the Department of Law, an increase of $2.2 million (1%) and a workforce of 1,839 FTEs, unchanged from FY 2018.

Program Highlights

The Administration Division provides budget, finance, personnel, operations, and technology services for the agency.

The Division of Appeals and Opinions handles appellate litigation in both State and Federal courts. The Division also prepares opinions, both formal and informal, interpreting State laws for State agencies and municipalities.

The Criminal Justice Division investigates and prosecutes criminal cases, including those involving Medicaid fraud, auto insurance fraud, white collar and organized crime cases involving multi-county, multi-state and even multi-national criminal activities occurring within New York State.

The Investigations Division provides investigative support for legal divisions throughout the Department, and works cooperatively with State, local and Federal law enforcement agencies on cases that cross jurisdictional lines.

The Division of State Counsel provides State agencies, the Governor, other State officials, and the Legislature with counsel and representation in legal proceedings. It recoups non-tax revenue on behalf of State taxpayers and provides legal assistance to State agencies in connection with the acquisition and disposition of public land.

The Division of Economic Justice defends and protects the public interest in the courts. It enforces laws to prevent restraint of trade, protects consumers from fraudulent and/or deceptive business practices, regulates the sale of securities, and addresses people’s concerns about criminal online activities.

The Division of Social Justice also defends and protects the public interest in the courts. It ensures compliance with the State’s health care and environmental laws, enforces State Labor and Workers’ Compensation Laws, protects charitable donors and beneficiaries, and enforces laws prohibiting discrimination.

The Regional Offices Division provides satellite offices across the State to ensure that all New York agencies have cost-effective representation in all local, State and Federal courts, and that citizens have full access to the programs and services of the Department.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
FY 2018
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
Change From
FY 2018
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
State Operations 256,685,000 262,872,000 6,187,000 23,451,000
Aid To Localities 0 0 0 39,160,000
Capital Projects 5,000,000 1,000,000 (4,000,000) 13,181,000
Total 261,685,000 263,872,000 2,187,000 75,792,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2018
Estimated FTEs
03/31/18
FY 2019
Estimated FTEs
03/31/19
FTE Change
Administration
General Fund 185 185 0
Appeals and Opinions
General Fund 87 87 0
Counsel for the State
General Fund 336 336 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 114 114 0
Criminal Investigations
General Fund 151 151 0
Economic Justice
General Fund 1 1 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 170 170 0
Social Justice
General Fund 74 74 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 99 99 0
Capital Projects Funds - Other 7 7 0
Criminal Justice
General Fund 93 93 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 52 52 0
Medicaid Fraud Control
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 249 249 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 83 83 0
Regional Offices
General Fund 138 138 0
Total 1,839 1,839 0

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
General Fund 105,435,000 107,538,000 2,103,000
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 42,189,000 43,644,000 1,455,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 88,531,000 91,160,000 2,629,000
Internal Service Funds 20,530,000 20,530,000 0
Total 256,685,000 262,872,000 6,187,000

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Administration
General Fund 15,666,000 16,076,000 410,000
Appeals and Opinions
General Fund 8,865,000 9,130,000 265,000
Counsel for the State
General Fund 34,052,000 33,297,000 (755,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 27,363,000 29,544,000 2,181,000
Internal Service Funds 20,530,000 20,530,000 0
Criminal Investigations
General Fund 13,027,000 13,417,000 390,000
Economic Justice
General Fund 103,000 82,000 (21,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 28,048,000 28,736,000 688,000
Social Justice
General Fund 7,805,000 7,980,000 175,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 17,521,000 17,613,000 92,000
Criminal Justice
General Fund 9,930,000 11,095,000 1,165,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 2,236,000 1,436,000 (800,000)
Medicaid Fraud Control
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 42,189,000 43,644,000 1,455,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 13,363,000 13,831,000 468,000
Regional Offices
General Fund 15,987,000 16,461,000 474,000
Total 256,685,000 262,872,000 6,187,000

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service Regular
(Annual Salaried)
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 14,931,000 1,798,000 14,735,000 1,888,000
Appeals and Opinions 8,108,000 211,000 8,104,000 207,000
Counsel for the State 31,105,000 1,604,000 31,087,000 1,668,000
Criminal Investigations 13,212,000 1,193,000 12,770,000 1,121,000
Economic Justice 82,000 (21,000) 82,000 (21,000)
Social Justice 5,276,000 (2,024,000) 5,250,000 (2,028,000)
Criminal Justice 9,929,000 479,000 9,908,000 475,000
Regional Offices 13,345,000 649,000 13,234,000 633,000
Total 95,988,000 3,889,000 95,170,000 3,943,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Temporary Service
(Nonannual Salaried)
Holiday/Overtime Pay
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 160,000 (90,000) 36,000 0
Appeals and Opinions 3,000 3,000 1,000 1,000
Counsel for the State 16,000 (64,000) 2,000 0
Criminal Investigations 0 0 442,000 72,000
Social Justice 0 0 26,000 4,000
Criminal Justice 0 0 21,000 4,000
Regional Offices 109,000 102,000 2,000 (86,000)
Total 288,000 (49,000) 530,000 (5,000)

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Supplies and Materials
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 1,145,000 (1,388,000) 760,000 (240,000)
Appeals and Opinions 1,022,000 54,000 382,000 52,000
Counsel for the State 2,192,000 (2,359,000) 1,000 1,000
Criminal Investigations 205,000 (803,000) 11,000 11,000
Social Justice 2,704,000 2,199,000 35,000 (2,000)
Criminal Justice 1,166,000 686,000 5,000 0
Regional Offices 3,116,000 (175,000) 2,000 0
Total 11,550,000 (1,786,000) 1,196,000 (178,000)
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Travel Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 105,000 0 280,000 (998,000)
Appeals and Opinions 20,000 10,000 620,000 (8,000)
Counsel for the State 0 (127,000) 2,191,000 (2,233,000)
Criminal Investigations 94,000 0 100,000 (194,000)
Social Justice 0 0 2,669,000 2,201,000
Criminal Justice 60,000 (20,000) 1,101,000 706,000
Regional Offices 100,000 (44,000) 3,014,000 (131,000)
Total 379,000 (181,000) 9,975,000 (657,000)
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Equipment
Amount Change
Administration 0 (150,000)
Criminal Investigations 0 (620,000)
Total 0 (770,000)

STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service
Amount Change Amount Change
Counsel for the State 50,074,000 2,181,000 6,864,000 1,570,000
Economic Justice 28,736,000 688,000 12,227,000 (543,000)
Social Justice 17,613,000 92,000 7,848,000 502,000
Criminal Justice 1,436,000 (800,000) 0 0
Medicaid Fraud Control 57,475,000 1,923,000 27,008,000 748,000
Total 155,334,000 4,084,000 53,947,000 2,277,000
STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Nonpersonal Service
Amount Change
Counsel for the State 43,210,000 611,000
Economic Justice 16,509,000 1,231,000
Social Justice 9,765,000 (410,000)
Criminal Justice 1,436,000 (800,000)
Medicaid Fraud Control 30,467,000 1,175,000
Total 101,387,000 1,807,000

CAPITAL PROJECTS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Comprehensive Construction Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change Reappropriations
FY 2019
IT Initiative Program
Capital Projects Fund 0 1,000,000 1,000,000 0
Capital Projects Fund - Authority Bonds 5,000,000 0 (5,000,000) 13,181,000
Total 5,000,000 1,000,000 (4,000,000) 13,181,000

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/16/2018

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