Senate Standing Committee Investigation and Government Operations
Chair: Carl L. Marcellino
Senate Standing Committee on Civil Service And Pensions
Martin Golden
Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming And Wagering
John J. Bonacic
Joint Public Hearing: To examine the impact of proposed agency consolidations on the affected agencies, delivery of services, the State workforce, affected industries and businesses, and citizens
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, NY
Time: 1:00 P.M.
Contact: Debbie Peck Kellerher (518) 455-2390

Oral Testimony by Invitation Only
Thursday, March 1, 2012
1:00 pm
Hearing Room A
Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York

SUBJECT:      Consolidation of New York State Agencies

PURPOSE:     To examine the impact of proposed agency consolidations on the affected agencies, delivery of services, the State workforce, affected industries and businesses, and citizens

Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2012-2013 Budget would consolidate four agencies, divisions and offices into two agencies.  A new Department of Workforce Management would be created from the Department of Civil Service and the Office of Employee Relations.  The Division of Lottery and the Racing and Wagering Board would be joined to form the new New York State Gaming Commission.  A new New York State Office of Racing Development and Promotion would oversee the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund, the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, and the New York State Quarter Horse Breeding and Development Fund.

The Governor’s Budget briefing materials state, “In 2011-12, the State started the process of merging and consolidating State agencies to achieve efficiencies and reduce redundancies. This process continues this year with the following consolidations, saving $10 million annually and resulting in better, streamlined services.” 

While the Legislative Budget hearings to be held in February will produce more details on these proposed consolidations, there are a number of issues concerning these affected agencies.  The purpose of this hearing is to assist the Legislature in identifying and learning about concerns on the delivery of services, the State workforce and cost savings.

Oral testimony will be accepted by invitation only and limited to 10 minutes in duration.  15 copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk. The Committees would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements.  Written testimony will also be accepted and may be sent to the contact person listed on the reply form. In order to further publicize the hearing, please inform interested parties of the Committees’ interest in receiving written testimony from all sources.

In order to meet the needs of those who may have a disability, the Legislature, in accordance with its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made its facilities and services available to all individuals with disabilities.  For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable request, to afford such individuals access and admission to Legislative facilities and activities.

Senator Carl L. Marcellino, Chairman
Senate Standing Committee on Investigation and Government Operations
Senator Martin Golden                                            Senator John J. Bonacic
Committee on Civil Service And Pensions              Committee on Racing, Gaming And Wagering