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DIVISION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (Summary)
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Adjusted
Appropriation
2003-04
Executive
Request
2004-05
Change Percent
Change


AGENCY SUMMARY

General Fund 13,334,000 13,054,000 (280,000) -2.1%
Special Revenue-Other 90,000 115,000 25,000 27.8%
Special Revenue-Federal 4,800,000 4,700,000 (100,000) -2.1%

Total for AGENCY SUMMARY: 18,224,000 17,869,000 (355,000) -1.9%

 

ALL FUNDS PERSONNEL
BUDGETED FILL LEVELS
Fund Current
2003-04
Requested
2004-05
Change


General Fund: 168 166 (2)
All Other Funds: 37 37 0

TOTAL: 205 203 (2)

Budget Highlights

The Division of Human Rights is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the New York State Human Rights Law. This law prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, disability or other specified classes. In 2003, protection under the law was expanded to include prohibitions against discrimination based on military status and sexual orientation. The Division accomplishes its mission through the investigation and resolution of discrimination complaints; the promotion of human rights awareness through education, conciliation and other measures; and the development of human rights policy for the State and outreach to community groups.

The Division operates from its main office in New York City, as well as nine regional offices, located in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Brooklyn, Long Island, Lower Manhattan and Peekskill, and two satellite offices, located on Long Island and in Syracuse.

This agency is included in the Education, Labor and Family Assistance appropriation bill.

State Operations

The Executive proposes total All Funds appropriations for the Division of $17,869,000, a net decrease of $355,000, or 1.9 percent in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2004-05.

The Executive recommends a workforce of 203 employees for the Division during SFY 2004-05, a decrease of two full- time positions, due to the elimination of two unfunded vacancies.

In SFY 2004-05, the Executive proposes to maximize administrative efficiencies through the initiation of a host agency relationship with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) in which OTDA would assume many of the human resource and fiscal activities of the Division. This action could result in a General Fund State Operations savings of $280,000 in the Administration Program in SFY 2004-05.

The Divisionís records indicate that the backlog of discrimination complaints that once stood at 16,880 in January 1995 has been reduced to 5,883 as of November 2003.

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