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date: 16 November 2019

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This article investigates the executive function in New York State. The governor of New York is considered among the most powerful executives in the 50 states, while the actual degree of direct control that the state's chief executive wields is circumscribed by historical and structural conditions. While the governor has been given broad administrative and legislative powers, the administrative mandate is circumscribed in several areas. New York's constitution defined the governor's role more clearly than most states, and the state's governor was the first in the nation directly elected by the people. The negotiations between the governor and legislature laid the groundwork for many subsequent decisions that continue to shape New York's executive branch. The significant areas of executive branch reorganization are explained. The data on the executive branch organization and reorganization in New York show the potential success of state government restructuring efforts.

Keywords: executive branch reorganization, executive branch organization, New York State, constitution, governor, state government, legislature

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