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New York State government : what it does, how it works

Author: Robert B Ward
Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : Rockefeller Institute Press, ©2002.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert B Ward
ISBN: 091434188X 9780914341888 0914341898 9780914341895
OCLC Number: 50072345
Description: xvii, 474 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Introduction: A Day in the Life --
A Broad Impact --
Why This Book? --
A Key Question: What Does State Government Do? --
Government Responds --
Ch. 2. The Constitution --
Changes Over Time --
The National Context --
New York's First Constitution --
The 1821 Constitutional Convention: Historic Changes --
More Power to the People: The 1846 Convention --
Development of the Modern Constitution: 1894-1938 --
The Constitution at the Turn of the 21st Century: A Bill Of Rights --
Right at the Start --
Structure of State Government: The Legislature --
Structure of State Government: The Governor --
The Comptroller and Attorney General --
Structure of State Government: The Judiciary --
What Government Must, May, and Cannot Do --
Has the Time for Major Change Passed? --
Ch. 3. The Governor and Other Statewide Elected Leaders --
A Powerful Executive --
Who Becomes Governor of New York? --
What Does the Governor Do? --
Enacting Laws: Constitutional Powers, Political Influence --
The Power of the Spotlight --
The Administrator-in-Chief --
Limits to Executive Authority --
The Governor's Staff: The "Second Floor" --
Governor's Legislation --
Assessing Governors --
The Lieutenant Governor --
Beyond the Governor --
The Comptroller --
The $112 Billion Job --
The Attorney General --
Ch. 4. The Legislature --
The Basics --
From Royal Control to the Will of the People --
"One Man, One Vote" --
The Powers of the Legislature --
Limits on Power --
How Do The Houses Work? --
How a Bill Becomes a Law: The Basics --
The Role of the Leadership --
The Committee System --
The Minority: An Important Voice --
A "Professional" Legislature --
Conference Committees: What Was Old is New Again --
Who Are They? Members of the Legislature Today --
Representative Democracy = Politics --
Getting Elected --
Ch. 5. The Judiciary --
State Courts: The Mainstream of the U.S. Judiciary --
Structure of the Courts --
The Constitution on the Courts --
An "Absurdly Complex" System --
The Trial Courts --
Appellate Courts --
The Court of Appeals --
Powers of the Courts --
Checks on the Courts' Powers --
The Judges --
The People's Courts: The Juror's Role --
Ch. 6. Appointed Officials, Administrative Law, and the Bureaucracy --
Policy, Powers, and People --
The Power of Appointed Officials --
Patronage, or Performance? --
State Agency Powers: Regulation --
Regulating Business Relationships --
Public Service Commission --
Banking and Insurance Regulation --
Authority Under the Law --
Regulating the Regulators: SAPA --
Rulemaking --
Executive Chamber Oversight of Regulations --
Adjudication --
Licensing --
Beyond SAPA --
From SAPA to GORR --
Regulatory Agencies and the Courts --
Ch. 7. The Workforce --
Who Are the State's Workers? --
The Legal Environment: Yesterday and Today --
The Taylor Law --
Resolving Disputes Under the Taylor Law --
Bargaining Units and Unions --
Repairing a "Calcified" Civil-Service System --
Employee Relations in the 21st Century --
Ch. 8. State Government's Biggest Job: The Budget --
Who Are the Players? --
What's in the Budget: The Spending Side --
Priorities Change --
How to Measure the Budget? --
The Executive Budget Process --
How the Process Unfolds --
The Legislature's Role --
A Contentious Process --
A 27-Month Budget Process --
Recent Reforms to the Budget Process --
Where Does the Money Come From? --
Cutting Taxes --
More Than Meets The Eye --
The Role of Borrowing --
Who Decides, and How? --
The Balance of Power --
How New York Compares --
Why Is Government in New York More Expensive? --
Budget Watchdogs --
Ch. 9. Health and Mental Hygiene --
A Multi-Tiered System --
Where It Began: Public Health --
State Government's Growing Involvement --
A Broad Range of Powers --
Regulating and Providing Health Care --
Medicaid --
Expanding Services, and Growing Costs --
Political Support --
Hospital Funding and Long-term Care --
Medicaid Managed Care --
Expanding Health Coverage --
Regulating Health Services --
Health Department Institutions --
Vital Statistics and Other Responsibilities --
Mental Hygiene --
Mental Health --
Mental Retardation --
Alcoholism and Substance Abuse --
Overseeing Quality of Care --
Ch. 10. Education --
Overview of Education Policymaking --
The Regents: Broad Powers --
The Constitution and the Board of Regents --
Early Public Education in New York --
Academics: Curriculum, Teaching, and Assessment --
Operational Mandates --
Charter Schools --
School Finance --
Private Schools and Home Schooling --
The Lottery and Education --
Higher Education --
Creating SUNY --
SUNY University Centers --
City University of New York --
Influences on Education Policy --
Regulation of Professions --
Serving Individuals with Disabilities --
State Museum and Archives --
Ch. 11. Transportation, Economic Development, and Public Authorities --
Early Transportation and the Great Canal --
Growth and Decline of the Canal System --
Changes in Administrative Structure --
The Modern Department of Transportation --
The Thruway --
Mass Transportation --
Airports and Other Responsibilities --
Economic Development --
The Business Climate --
The "Coupon" Strategy --
A Major New Incentive Program --
What Works in Economic Development? --
New York's Advantages and Competitive Challenges --
Public Authorities --
Ch. 12. Labor and Family Assistance --
An Overview --
Helping the Poor: Early Efforts --
State and County Governments Get Involved --
Cash Assistance --
The Road to Welfare Reform --
The Role of the State Constitution --
The Changing Politics of Welfare --
Welfare Reform in New York --
After Reform --
A New Administrative Structure --
A State and Local System --
Office of Children and Family Services --
Child Care --
Protecting Children --
Foster Care --
Adoption --
Labor Policy in New York --
Labor Starts to Gain Power --
Early Legislation --
The Triangle Fire Leads to More Laws --
Labor's Modern Political Involvement --
The Labor Department Today --
Unemployment Insurance --
Job Services --
Regulating Wages --
Workers' Compensation --
Ch. 13. Public Protection --
Crime in New York --
The Penal Law --
Evolving Concepts of What the Law Should Proscribe --
The Police --
The State Police --
Other Police and Peace Officers --
Prosecution and the Courts --
Protections for the Accused --
The Role of the Attorney General --
Disposition of Offenders and Sentencing --
The Prisons: Punishment and Rehabilitation --
Development of Prisons in New York --
Modern Administration of Corrections --
Attica --
Recent Changes in Corrections --
Probation and Parole --
Younger Offenders --
Tougher Punishment, More Programming --
Commission of Correction --
Help for Crime Victims --
Homeland Security --
Ch. 14. Environment and Parks --
Long Before Earth Day --
'Make It a Forest Forever' --
The Conservation Department --
The Emerging Issue of Environmental Quality --
DEC and the Environmental Conservation Law --
DEC Today --
Lands and Forests --
Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers --
Related Agencies --
The Adirondacks: A Special Case --
Environmental Progress --
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation --
Origins of the State Parks System --
Historic Preservation --
A Broad Agenda --
Ch. 15. The People's Government --
Voting --
Political Parties --
Lobbying --
Regulation of Lobbying --
New Rules for Lobbying --
A Variety of Interests in Albany --
Campaign Contributions --
What Purpose Do Political Contributions Serve? --
What Can a Citizen Do? --
The Role of Interest Groups --
Strategies for Influencing Policy --
Accountability --
Open Government --
The News Media --
Performance Measurement in New York --
Does Measurement Improve Performance? --
Performance Measurement on the Rise Nationally --
Ch. 16. Federalism: What Is the Role of State Governments? --
Federalism Today --
Why a Federal Form of Government? --
Still Important --
The Future of Federalism --
App. A Legislative Case Study: Domestic Relations Law.
Responsibility: Robert B. Ward.

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Labor and Family Assistance -- An Overview -- Helping the Poor: Early Efforts -- State and County Governments Get Involved -- Cash Assistance -- The Road to Welfare Reform -- The Role of the State Constitution -- The Changing Politics of Welfare -- Welfare Reform in New York -- After Reform -- A New Administrative Structure -- A State and Local System -- Office of Children and Family Services -- Child Care -- Protecting Children -- Foster Care -- Adoption -- Labor Policy in New York -- Labor Starts to Gain Power -- Early Legislation -- The Triangle Fire Leads to More Laws -- Labor's Modern Political Involvement -- The Labor Department Today -- Unemployment Insurance -- Job Services -- Regulating Wages -- Workers' Compensation -- Ch. 13. Public Protection -- Crime in New York -- The Penal Law -- Evolving Concepts of What the Law Should Proscribe -- The Police -- The State Police -- Other Police and Peace Officers -- Prosecution and the Courts -- Protections for the Accused -- The Role of the Attorney General -- Disposition of Offenders and Sentencing -- The Prisons: Punishment and Rehabilitation -- Development of Prisons in New York -- Modern Administration of Corrections -- Attica -- Recent Changes in Corrections -- Probation and Parole -- Younger Offenders -- Tougher Punishment, More Programming -- Commission of Correction -- Help for Crime Victims -- Homeland Security -- Ch. 14. 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