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The New York State Directory, published annually since 1983, is a comprehensive and easy-to-use guide to accessing public officials and private sector organizations and individuals who influence public policy in the state of New York.The New York State Directory includes important information on all New York state legislators and congressional representatives, including biographies and key committee assignments. It also includes staff rosters for all branches of New York state government and for federal agencies and departments that impact the state policy process.Following the state government section are 25 chapters covering policy areas from agriculture through veterans' affairs. Each chapter identifies the state, local and federal agencies and officials that formulate or implement policy. In addition, each chapter contains a roster of private sector experts and advocates who influence the policy process.Following the policy area chapters are appendices that include statewide party officials; chambers of commerce; lobbying organizations; public and private universities and colleges; television, radio and print media; and local government agencies and officials.All organizational and personal entries in The Directory have been verified before publication of each issue. Continuing assistance and cooperation from state, regional, county, municipal and federal officials and staff have helped make the Directory a unique and valuable resource. ORGANIZATIONSection 1: Branches of GovernmentExecutive Branch. Outlines key staff in the Governor's and Lieutenant Governor's offices and senior officials in New York State executive departments and agencies. Biographies are included for the five senior executive branch officials.Legislative Branch. Covers the state Senate and Assembly leadership, membership, administrative staff, and standing committees and subcommittees. Committee listings include the Chairperson, Ranking Minority Member, Majority and Minority committee members, committee staff, and key Senate or Assembly Majority and Minority staff assignments. Biographies with district office information are included for Senators and Assembly members.Judicial Branch. Identities the state courts and the judges who currently sit on these courts: the Court of Appeals, appellate division courts, Supreme Court, Court of Claims, New York City courts, county courts, district courts and city courts outside New York City. The county judge section identifies the specific court with which the judge is associated.Section 2: Policy AreasThis section classifies New York state government activity into 25 major policy areas. Each policy area lists key individuals in the New York state government, the federal government, and the private sector who have responsibility for or considerable knowledge of that area of government activity. All entries show organization name, individual name, title, address, telephone number, and fax number. Internet addresses and e-mail addresses are included where available. Each policy area includes the following information:New York StateGovernor's Office. Identifies the Governor's legal and program staff assigned to the policy area.Executive Department and Related Agencies. Produces a complete organizational description of the primary state departments and agencies responsible for the policy area. Also includes additional state departments and agencies whose activities relate to the policy area.Corporations, Authorities and Commissions. Covers independent public and quasi-private sector agencies in the state, as well as interstate bodies to which New York sends a representative official.Legislative Standing Committees. Lists committees and subcommittees which oversee governmental activities in the policy area and their respective chairpersons and ranking minority members.U.S. GovernmentExecutive Departments and Related Agencies. Identifies federal departments and agencies located in or assigned to the New York region.