FAQ: New York State
- How do I contact New York State Agencies?
- Who are the current elected officials in New York State? How do I contact them?
- Who are the former governors of New York?
- Where can I find information about New York State symbols such as the State bird, flower, etc?
- What are the cities, towns, villages and counties in NY State?
- Where can I stay in Albany?
- Where do I find New York State history information?
- Where can I find information on courts and the court system in New York State?
- Where can I find the Laws of New York?
- Where can I find State and Federal tax forms?
- I need to find information about Federal, State or local government. Where can I find it?
- Where can I find information about unclaimed funds in New York?
- What funding opportunities are available for cultural and historical organizations in New York State?
- What grants are available from New York State government?
- Where can I go to find Civil Service job opportunity listings?
- Where can I file a complaint about a company or business?
The New York State Senate web site allows you to browse a list of senators or search by zip code to find your senator. It has Senators' addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.
The New York State Assembly web site also has a directory of members and a search function.
The New York State Board of Elections Web site provides information on voting, New York State election results, law and regulations, and includes:
- County Boards of Elections with addresses and phone numbers.
- A Map of Your Voting District.
- Find Your Local Representative (by entering your address).
- A list of all New York State elected representatives.
A list of the former governors of New York from 1777 to the present can be found on the Department of State's Kids Room.
- For answers to these and other other questions about New York State symbols and emblems, how to find places in New York, and who are the New York State Author and the New York State Poet, visit the New York State Information page, part of the Library's Web site.
- For fun facts and other New York State information visit the Department of State's Kids Room.
- Information on all 50 States.
The U.S. Census Bureau offers a listing of the counties as well as links to a map and selected data about each county. See State & County QuickFacts for "Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography."
For more information see the New York State town list (shown with counties).
The Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc. hosts Welcome to Albany, a Web site containing visitor information about Albany and the Capital Region, including where to stay in Albany. Their toll-free telephone number is: 1-800-258-3582.
The New York State Archives, Library, and Museum have extensive information about New York State history. Search the Library and Archives online catalog for information, and visit the institutions' Web sites for additional suggestions.
For more information see these New York State Library pages:
The New York State Unified Court System provides information on courts, decisions, press releases, law libraries and court rules.
I need to consult the New York State laws and/or regulations and or the NYS Constitution. Where can I find them?
Laws of New York: The New York State Legislature site has the text of the Laws of New York, NYS Legislative Bills, NYS Legislative Resolutions, as well as Floor Calendars, Committee Agendas, and other Legislative Session Information.
NYS Constitution: The New York State Constitution is available online at the New York State Department of State. (Scroll down to "Constitution, New York State".) Alternate source: State Library (this link will open in a new window).
For the text of older NYS Constitutions:
- 1777 NYS Constitution
- 1821 NYS Constitution
- 1846 NYS Constitution
- 1894 NYS Constitution
- NYS Constitution in NYSL Digital Collections
New York State Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR): The complete unofficial NYCRR is now available online at the New York State Department of State.
The Official Compilation of New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) is not available free of charge on the Internet. However, some agencies have made some regulations available on their agency Web sites. The New York State Department of State maintains information about NYCRR at: http://www.dos.ny.gov/info/nycrr.html.
You will find the complete printed regulations at any one of the twelve publicly accessible Supreme Court Law Libraries in New York State, and at many law school libraries. Check with your local library for location. NYCRR is also available on subscription services such as Westlaw and Lexis.
Both laws and regulations are available in hard copy in many law libraries and in some public libraries. Some public law libraries may have them in electronic forms which are searchable by subject. Public law libraries can be found on the Unified Court System Web site.
During tax season, many libraries, including the NYS Library, carry either the forms and booklets themselves or ones which you can photocopy.
Tax forms are also available online:
- Through the State Document Depository Program, the NYS Library collects official State publications of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, commissions, public authorities, and other agencies of State government.
- Many of these documents from 1994 onward have been scanned and made available online as PDFs. They can be accessed through the Library's online catalog. Items not available online may be borrowed from the Library either directly (registered borrowers) or through interlibrary loan.
Many public libraries also have directories in their collections which will give you information about Federal and State government.
The New York State Office of the State Comptroller provides a searchable database of unclaimed funds on its Web site.
What funding opportunities are available for cultural and historical organizations in New York State?
The New York State Archives provides grants to local governments for records management improvement projects and to not-for-profit historical records repositories for projects to promote preservation of and access to archival records. The State Library provides grants to libraries and library systems in New York State.
What grants are available from New York State government?
Grants are available from a variety of New York State agencies, depending upon the issue involved.
Where can I go to find Civil Service job opportunity listings?
Where can I file a complaint about a company or business?
The New York State Consumer Protection Board handles complaints involving marketplace activities -- improper selling practices, non-delivery of goods or services, misrepresentation, unhonored guarantees or warranties, unsatisfactory service, credit/billing problems, contracts not fulfilled, and utility matters (telephone, gas, electric, and cable service). The Board has information on the Do Not Call Law and Registry. Various online forms are available.
For additional information, see:
- Complaints (New York State Attorney General's Office)
- New York State web site - Consumer Info - Complaints