About the Department of State

About the Department of State
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New York Department of State plays a critical role in helping to reinvigorate the State’s economy and make its communities more livable. The Department’s 12 divisions and eight committees and commissions provide a vast array of services, to serve as a vehicle to make New York State’s communities more resilient and progressive to improve the lives of it residents by helping launch new business across the State. Established nearly 240 years ago, the Department was initially charged with compiling agency rules and regulations and publishing official State documents. Since then, essential responsibilities include setting building construction and energy conservation standards, providing local municipalities with expertise to become more cost-efficient, help immigrants to fully participate in the State’s civic and economic life, to overseeing 1,800 burial grounds in not-for-profit cemeteries, the Division of Consumer Protection, and regulating the sport of professional boxing in New York State.

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