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ANDREW M.

CUOMO
GOVERNOR STATE OF NEW YORK

ROANN M. DESTITO
COMMISSIONER

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT OFFICE OF GENERAL SERVICES


MAYOR ERASTUS CORNING 2ND TOWER THE GOVERNOR NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER EMPIRE STATE PLAZA ALBANY, NEW YORK 12242

RECEIVED

Executive Deputy Commissioner FEB 03 REC'O


Dept of Civil Service

January 31, 2014

Honorable Jerry Boone Commissioner President of the Civil Service Commission NYS Department of Civil Service . Agency Building 1 Albany, NY 12239 Dear Commissioner Boone: . The Office of General Services (OGS) requests the Civil Service Commission amend Appendix 1 of the Rules for the Classified Service to increase the limiting number of the title of Empire State Fellow to 230. These items will be located in the Center for Recruitment and Public .. Service located in Albany, NY. Under separate cover we have requested Civil Service establish the additional 1'10 Empire State Fell ow items. Designed to attract talented individuals with leadership capapility and a desire to make a significant contribution to enhancing New York State government operations, engagement in the work of state government lies at the heart of the Empire State Fellows program. The Governor appoints each Empire State Fellow to work on the most pressing policy issues facing the State and to advance the Administration's strategic objectives and programmatic initiatives as outlined within the annual State of the State Message and Executive Budget. Empire State Fellows work primarily within the Executive Chamber assigned to key policy and Cabinet-level positions and may, as projects require, rotate into agencies working directly with a Commissioner, Executive Deputy Commissioner or other' high-level policy-maker offering Fellows an unparalleled experience collaborating with senior officials and participating in the policy-making process. Whether focused on the review and analysis of existing policy,recommending necessary adjustments to bring it into alignment with current priorities, or the development of new strategies to address emerging priorities, the primary focus of the Fellow's work informs and supports the development and articulation of State Policy. Accordingly, Empire State Fellows are exposed to, and work directly on, highly sensitive, confidential matters requiring a significant level of personal and professional discretion. Their work product is directly reviewed by the highest level policymakers within the Executive Chamber up to and including the Governor of the State of New York.

While taking part in the work of government, Empire Fellows have the opportunity to participate in educational and professional development programs that help them to serve as effective and ethical government leaders. The educational component of the Empire State Fellows Program begins with a one-week course annually in September. Educational coursework continues on a semi-monthly basis. Meanwhile, professional development activities, including a presentation series and mentoring by Cabinet members and other government leaders, enhances Empire Fellows' collaboration with policy-makers.

Your cooperation and prompt attention to this matter is appreciated. Please call me at 474-5995 if you have questions, or if! can provide further information.

Christina M. Gavin Director of Personnel