The executive branch of New York’s government, a large and complex bureaucracy, consists of the governor (provided in Article IV) and the officers and civil departments contemplated by this article. Coordinating and controlling the executive branch is the responsibility of the governor as chief executive. Article V completes the branch by providing the ground rules for the organization of the civil departments, which may number no more than twenty. The executive department, established by the legislature and headed by the governor,270 constitutes one of these...
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