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The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, guided by the Departmental Mission, is responsible for the confinement and habilitation of approximately 54,700 individuals under custody held at 54 state facilities and 36,500 parolees supervised throughout seven regional offices.

November 21, 2014

In light of the weather conditions associated with the continuing winter storm, State offices in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and Wyoming counties will be closed on Friday, November 21. A directed early departure for non-essential employees is hereby granted and employees do not have to charge credits. Essential employees should report to work as directed by management.

Other than facility security staff who are always considered essential employees during emergencies, all other determinations as to who is deemed to be an essential or non-essential employee will be made by the facility Superintendents or Regional Directors.

If an agency has an office in a contiguous county that is impacted by the storm, the agency's designated representative should contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 for further instructions.

Public Hearing on Mental Illness in Correctional Settings
November 13, 2014

Acting DOCCS Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci presented testimony to the Assembly Committee on Correction and the Committee on Mental Health on the very important topic of Mental Illness in Correctional Settings.

Correction Officer Trainee Exam Scheduled for January 10, 2015;
Department Seeking Diverse Pool of Candidates

DOCCS will be holding an exam for men and women interested in becoming a Correction Officer. The written exam will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015. Interested parties can register online or by mail. Read More.

Crime Victims’ Brick Memorial

Members of the New York Victims’ Task Force have announced that the New York State Crime Victims’ Brick Memorial site on the north side of the Empire State Plaza is being renovated to improve the quality and configuration of the Memorial in time for the 2015 Brick Dedication. Read More.

Collins & Gowanda Officers Come to the Aid of School Bus in Distress

A carpool of Correction Officers from Collins and Gowanda (Erie County) were on their way to training at Attica (Wyoming County) on Thursday, October 30th when their prior years of training was suddenly called into action. The C.O’s had been following a school bus carrying a young student on its morning route when the bus began to slow down and pull off to the side of the road to allow traffic to pass. It was then that the back tires appeared to lose traction on the road’s shoulder, and the back end of the bus began to skid down the embankment, causing the bus to tip over on its side and slide down a small ravine. Read More.


Employee Benefit Programs

Work-Life Services provides New York State employees with a comprehensive network of resources to address their work, home, and life issues. Detailed information about these negotiated benefits is available at and through program-specific telephone numbers and websites.

NYS-Balance, a confidential resource and referral service for NYS employees, offers monthly webinars  . A complete 2012 listing is available in two flyers, January-June and July-December.

Additionally, we are pleased to share “Benefits of the NYS Peer Employee Assistance EAP  with you. This document describes the many benefits of the NYS EAP peer model and the wide range of EAP services available to both employees and agencies.

Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account for the 2011 plan year have until March 31, 2012 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account. For more information, log onto or call 1-800-358-7202.

Work-Life Services has scheduled full-day seminars for executive branch state employees to be held throughout NY. If you are eligible to retire in five years and have not previously attended a Directions: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar, you are eligible to attend. Please contact your agency Human Resources Office to let your agency liaison know of your interest. You must be registered by your agency and have a confirmation notice in order to attend. Seminars have been planned at the following locations for Spring/Summer 2014: May 7 in Syracuse, May 28 in Lake Placid, June 11 in Rochester, June 18 & 19 in New York City, and June 30 in Albany. Information regarding the Fall/Winter 2014 Seminars will be forthcoming this Summer. For pre-retirement planning information including the Self Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning and 22 short videos, visit