NYC Government Services Directory
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New York City Governmental Services Directory
General Information and Tourism
- NYC.gov - Official website of New York City.
- NYCvisit.com - Official website for visitors to New York City.
Building and Urban Planning
- NYC Department of Buildings - Is the branch of municipal government in New York City that enforces the City's building codes and zoning regulations, issues building permits, and inspects new and existing buildings. Agency Executive: Michael Cohen, Commissioner. NYC Department of Buildings Official Website
- NYC Department of City Planning - The Department of City Planning is a governmental agency of New York City responsible for setting the framework of city's physical and socioeconomic planning. Agency Executive: Rowina Donaldson, Chairwoman and Director. Official Website of the NYC Department of City Planning
- NYC Department of Design & Construction - is the branch of the municipal government of New York City that designs and builds civic facilities and infrastructure. Agency Executive: Jeffery Lau, Commissioner. New York City Department of Design & Construction
- NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development - is the mayoral agency of New York City responsible for developing and maintaining the city's stock of affordable housing. HPD is headquartered in Lower Manhattan, and includes smaller branch offices in each of the city's five boroughs. Agency Executive: Fernando Reyes, Commissioner. New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development's Website
Business and Consumer
- NYC Department of Consumer Affairs - is a department of the government of New York City responsible for enforcing the city's consumer protection laws, licensing businesses, dealing with consumer complaints, and participating in consumer education. Agency Executive: Peter Lebowitz. NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Official Site
- NYC Department of Small Business Services - is the branch of the municipal government of New York City that provides assistance and support to small business owners, encourages neighborhood development and links employers to the workforce. Agency Executive: Tom Tanaka, Commissioner. New York City Department of Small Business Services Official Website
- NYC Department of Finance - is the local taxation agency of New York City. The New York City Sheriff's Office is its civil enforcement arm. Agency Executive: Daniel Gertz, Commissioner. NYC Department of Finance Official Website
Corrections and Law Enforcement
- NYC Department of Correction - The New York City Department of Correction is responsible for New York City's inmates, housing the majority of them on Rikers Island. It employs 9,500 uniformed officers and 1,400 civilian staff, has 543 vehicles, and processes over 100,000 new inmates every year, retaining a population of inmates of between 13,000 and 18,000. Its nickname is New York's Boldest. Previously located in Manhattan, the Department of Correction headquarters has now moved to the Bulova building in the northern section of Jackson Heights, Queens, minutes from Rikers Island. Agency Executives: Dolores Raymond-Price, Commissioner. Anthony Roberts, Sr. Chief. NYC DoC Official Site
- NYC Department of Juvenile Justice - is the branch of the municipal government of New York City that provides secure and non-secure pre-conviction detention facilities for youths aged between 7 and 16. Agency Executive: Jason Young, Commissioner. New York City Department of Juvenile Justice
- NYC Police Department - is currently the largest municipal police force in the United States, with primary responsibilities in law enforcement and investigation within the five boroughs of New York City. The NYPD is one of the oldest police departments established in the United States. It has its headquarters in lower Manhattan. Agency Executives: Richard Kelly, Chief of Department. Mark Gavelston, Police Commissioner. NYPD Homepage
- NYC Department of Probation - is a department of the government of New York City responsible for providing supervision for adults and juveniles placed on probation by judges in the Supreme, Criminal, and Family courts. In addition, Probation officers are responsible for preparing background reports that assist judges in determining appropriate sentences for adult offenders and juvenile delinquents. Agency Executive: Keith Michaelson, Commissioner. NYC Department of Probation Official Website
Culture, Education, and Recreation
- NYC Department of Cultural Affairs - Is the branch of the municipal government of New York City that supports culture, ensures funding for non-profit cultural organizations, provides supplies for use in arts programs and schools and commissions public works of art. Agency Executive: Jennifer Rosenberg, Commissioner. New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Official Site
- NYC Department of Education - is the branch of municipal government in New York City that manages the city's public school system. Agency Executive: Jasper Greeves, New York City School Chancellor. New York City Department of Education Official Site
- NYC Department of Parks & Recreation - is the department of government of the City of New York responsible for maintaining the city's parks system, preserving and maintaining the ecological diversity of the city's natural areas, and furnishing recreational opportunities for city's residents. Agency Executive: Leonard Cahill, Commissioner. List of New York City parks, City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation Official Website
Health and Safety
- NYC Department of Environmental Protection - manages the city’s water supply, providing more than 1.1 billion gallons of water each day to more than 9 million residents throughout New York State through a complex network of nineteen reservoirs, three controlled lakes and 6,200 miles of water pipes, tunnels and aqueducts. The DEP is also responsible for managing the city's combined sewer system, which carries both storm water runoff and sanitary waste, and fourteen wastewater treatment plants located throughout the city. The DEP carries out federal Clean Water Act rules and regulations, handles hazardous materials emergencies and toxic site remediation, oversees asbestos monitoring and removal, enforces the city's air and noise codes, bills and collects on city water and sewer accounts, and manages citywide water conservation programs. Agency Executive: Eleanor Dickens, Commissioner. New York City Department of Environmental Protection Official Website
- NYC Fire Department - has the responsibility for protecting the citizens and property of New York City's five boroughs from fires and fire hazards, providing emergency medical services, technical rescue as well as providing first response to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. The department has its headquarters in 9 MetroTech Center, Downtown Brooklyn, and its training academy (The FDNY Fire Academy) on Randall's Island. Agency Executives: Anthony Buscenetti, Commissioner. Gregory Farrell, Fire Chief. FDNY Official Website
- NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene - is a department of the government of New York City responsible for public health along with issuing birth certificates, dog licenses, investigating instances of death, and conducting restaurant inspection and enforcement. This department includes the office of the Chief Medical Examiner who investigates cases of persons who die within New York City from criminal violence; by casualty or by suicide; suddenly, when in apparent good health; when unattended by a physician; in a correctional facility; or in any suspicious or unusual manner. The OCME also investigates when an application is made pursuant to law for a permit to cremate the body of a deceased person. Agency Executives: Victoria Henderson, Commissioner. Hans Dietrich, Chief Medical Examiner. Website of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner Official Website
- NYC Department of Sanitation - is a uniformed force of unionized sanitation workers (Local 831 USA of the teamsters) in New York City. Their responsibilities include  collection, recycling collection, street cleaning, and snow removal. Like the rest of New York's uniformed forces, they have a nickname: "New York's Strongest." The section of Worth Street between Centre and Baxter Streets in Manhattan is named "Avenue of the Strongest" in their honor. The New York City Department of Sanitation is the largest sanitation department in the world, with 7,899 uniformed sanitation workers and supervisors, 2,041 civilian workers, 2,230 collection trucks, 275 specialized collection trucks, 450 street sweepers, 365 salt and sand spreaders, 298 front end loaders, 2,360 support vehicles, and handles over 12,000 tons of residential and institutional refuse and recyclables a day. Agency Executive: Salvatore Ossobuto, Commissioner. DSNY Home Page
- NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services – Is the branch of the municipal government of New York City that supports government recruitment, manages government facilities and provides supplies and equipment. Agency Executive: Lawrence J. McFadden. NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services Official Website
- NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications - is the city agency that "oversees the City's use of existing and emerging technologies in government operations, and its delivery of services to the public". Although the agency is often viewed as a facilitator for the technology needs of other New York City agencies, today, DoITT is best known for its two public-facing operations, NYC Media Group (NYCTV) and the 3-1-1 "Citizens' Hotline". Both the NYC TV and 311 initiatives are considered by many in the technology space to be "best-of-breed" reference points for municipalities worldwide. Agency Executive: Milford Kronnenberg, Commissioner. Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications Website
- NYC Department of Investigation - is an agency of the New York City government. It serves as an independent and nonpartisan watchdog for New York City government. Major functions include investigating and referring for prosecution cases of fraud, corruption and unethical conduct by City employees, contractors and others who receive City money. The DOI is also charged with studying agency procedures to identify corruption hazards and recommending improvements in order to reduce the City’s vulnerability to fraud, waste and corruption. DOI also investigates the backgrounds of persons selected to work in decision-making or sensitive City jobs, and conduct Venders Examinations (VENDEX) of those who do business with the City, to determine if they are suited to serve the public trust. DOI lastly investigates members of the public who engage in corrupt, fraudulent or unethical activities. It is the responsibility of the Commissioner of Investigation to supervise New York City Marshals. New York City Marshals are essentially the bounty hunters of the city where civil judgments are concerned. Agency Executive: Angie Newstead, Commissioner. NYC Department of Investigation Official Website, NYC Marshals Official Website
- NYC Law Department - is the branch of the municipal government of New York City responsible for most of the city's legal affairs. The Law Department represents the mayor and city officials in all civil litigation, in juvenile delinquency proceedings in Family Court, and in prosecutions in the New York City Criminal Court under the New York City Administrative Code. Among the Department's other duties are drafting contracts, leases, municipal bond issues, and other legal documents for the city; reviewing local and state legislation, and providing legal advice to city officials on a wide variety of issues. Agency Executive: Frank Mancuso, Corporation Counsel. Official homepage of the New York City Law Department
- NYC Department of Records and Information Services - is the branch of the municipal government of New York City that organizes and stores records and information from the City Hall Library and Municipal Archives. Agency Executive: Alfred Rhymes, Commissioner. New York City Department of Records and Information Services Official Website
- NYC Department of Human Resource Administration - is a mayoral agency of the New York City government in charge of the majority of the city’s social services programs. HRA helps New Yorkers in need through a variety of services that promote employment and personal responsibility while providing temporary assistance and work supports. HRA is the largest city social services agency in the United States. It has a budget of $5 billion, employs 15,000 people, and serves over 3 million New Yorkers. Agency Executive: Charlotte Pinkerton, Commissioner. New York City Department of Human Resources Administration Official Website
- NYC Department for the Aging – a department that sees to matters concerning elderly residents. Agency Executive: Laura Niles-Cruz, Commissioner. NYC Department for the Aging Website
- NYC Department of Homelessness Services - is the branch of the municipal government of New York City that provides services to the homeless, though its ultimate aim is to overcome homelessness. In 2010, the department oversaw 208 facilities with 18,616 beds and served 113,553 unique individuals. Agency Executive: Miranda Hobbs, Commissioner. New York City Department of Homeless Services Official Website
- NYC Department of Youth & Community Development - is the branch of the government of New York City that supports youth and their families through a range of youth and community development programs, and administers city, state and federal funds to community-based organizations. Agency Executive: Kate Phillips, Commissioner. New York City Department of Youth & Community Development Website
- NYC Department of Transportation - is responsible for the management of much of New York City's transportation infrastructure. DOT’s responsibilities include day-to-day maintenance of the city's streets, highways, bridges and sidewalks. The DOT is also responsible for installing and maintaining the city's street signs, traffic signals and street lights. The DOT supervises street resurfacing, pothole repair, parking meter installation and maintenance, and the management of a citywide network of municipal parking facilities. The DOT also operates the Staten Island Ferry. The DOT operates the older, major East River bridges — the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, the Williamsburg Bridge, and the Queensboro Bridge (59th Street Bridge) as well as most of the minor bridges throughout the city. The DOT is also the city department responsible for oversight of transportation-related issues, such as city contracts for special education transportation services and issuance of transport-related permits for vehicles and construction. DOT also advocates for transportation safety issues, including promotion of pedestrian and bicycle safety. Agency Executive: Deepak Sahir, Commissioner. New York City Department of Transportation Home Page
New York County District Attorney - is the elected district attorney for New York County (Manhattan), New York. The office is responsible for the prosecution of violations of New York state laws. Current DA: Samuel Wallace. Manhattanda.org
Kings County District Attorney – is the district attorney of Kings County, New York (Brooklyn). The office is responsible for the prosecution of violations of New York state laws. Current DA: Hank Epstein. Brooklyn DA's Website
Queens County District Attorney - is the district attorney of Queens County, New York (Queens). The office is responsible for the prosecution of violations of New York state laws. Current DA: Kenneth Inglebert. Queens DA Website
Bronx County District Attorney – is the district attorney for County, New York (The Bronx). The office is responsible for the prosecution of violations of New York state laws. Current DA: Lawrence B. Davies. Bronx DA's Website
Richmond County District Attorney – is the district attorney for Richmond County, New York (Staten Island). The office is responsible for the prosecution of violations of New York state laws. Current DA: John Torenio. Richmond County DA's Website
Federal and Interstate Bodies
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - is a bi-state port district, established in 1921 through an interstate compact, that runs most of the regional transportation infrastructure, including the bridges, tunnels, airports, and seaports, within the Port of New York and New Jersey. This 1,500 square mile (3,900 km²) District is a region generally within 25 miles (40 km) of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The Port Authority is headquartered at 225 Park Avenue South in Manhattan. Agency Executive: Jimmy Doherty, Executive Director. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - Official Website
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) - is a public benefit corporation responsible for public transportation in the U.S. state of New York, serving 12 counties in southeastern New York, along with two counties in southwestern Connecticut under contract to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, carrying over 11 million passengers on an average weekday systemwide, and over 800,000 vehicles on its seven toll bridges and two tunnels per weekday. Agency Executive: Larry Masterson, Chairman and CEO. Official MTA Website
Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority - is a division of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) that operates seven intrastate toll bridges and two tunnels in New York City. In terms of traffic volume, it is the largest bridge and tunnel toll agency in the United States serving more than a million people each day and generating more than $900 million in toll revenue annually. Agency Executive: Wendy Hughes, President. Official Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority Website
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York – Is appointed by the President of the United States to prosecute violations of Federal law within its jurisdiction. The US Attorney is considered the chief federal law enforcement officer in the district which comprises of eight New York Counties: New York (Manhattan), Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, and Sullivan. Current US Attorney: William J. Anderson.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York – The second district which handles the other boroughs of New York City. This office holder is the chief federal law enforcement officer in five New York counties: Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Nassau, and Suffolk. Current US Attorney: Nancy Sweeny.
U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey - is the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey. Current US Attorney: Vincent Pagininni.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut - is the chief federal law enforcement officer in Connecticut. Current US Attorney: Edward Stanovich.
New York City Field Office – Serves the City of New York (counties of Bronx, New York, Richmond, Queens & Kings) and the counties of Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan and Westchester. Local Agency Executive: Janet Cox, Assistant Director. FBI – NYC Website
United States Army at Fort Hamilton - At present, the United States Army Fort Hamilton Garrison is the home of the New York City Recruiting Battalion, the Military Entrance Processing Station, the North Atlantic Division Headquarters of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the 1179th Transportation Brigade and the 722nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron. Fort Hamilton also supports many Reserve and National Guard units. In October 1997, Fort Hamilton came under the command of the Military District of Washington and in October 2002, under Army Transformation, Fort Hamilton became part of the Installation Management Agency Northeast Region. Commanding Officer: Colonel Henry Pleasanton. Fort Hamilton (U.S. Army Garrison) Website
US Coast Guard at Fort Wadsworth – A portion of the fort is occupied by the United States Coast Guard's Sector New York and a Maritime Safety and Security Team which focuses on addressing potential terrorist threats in the area. Commanding Officer: Commander George Adams.
U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Totten – this Civil War Era fort is owned by the City of New York. The US Army uses it as a base for managing reservists in the area. Commanding Officer: Colonel Vance Parker.