§282. Powers and duties of commissioner
The commissioner may appoint and employ deputy commissioners, bureau chiefs and the director of legislative affairs to be under the commissioner's immediate supervision, direction and control, and to serve at the commissioner's pleasure and perform such duties as the commissioner may prescribe, except as otherwise provided by law. In the absence of the commissioner, the commissioner, or the Governor if the commissioner is unable, may appoint one of the deputy commissioners to act on behalf of the commissioner. In addition, the commissioner may appoint an associate commissioner for administrative services who is not subject to the Civil Service Law and who serves at the pleasure of the commissioner. [2017, c. 284, Pt. QQQQQ, §2 (AMD).]
The commissioner may employ such other deputies, division heads, assistants and employees as may be necessary, subject to the Civil Service Law. In addition, the commissioner may employ a Director of Compliance to carry out departmental responsibilities related to: Labor relations and labor contract compliance; human rights and affirmative action compliance; and audit guidelines and other 3rd-party compliance requirements. The Director of Compliance serves at the pleasure of the commissioner. In addition, the commissioner may employ an Associate Commissioner for Tax Policy to supervise and direct the tax policy analysis, guidance and communications activities of the Office of Tax Policy within the Bureau of Revenue Services. The Associate Commissioner for Tax Policy serves at the pleasure of the commissioner. [2011, c. 655, Pt. I, §3 (AMD); 2011, c. 655, Pt. I, §11 (AFF).]
In the event of a vacancy in the office of the commissioner because of death, resignation, removal from office or other cause, the various bureau chiefs, deputies and assistants shall continue in office and perform such duties as have been prescribed or assigned to them, until said vacancy has been filled by the appointment and qualification of a new commissioner.
The commissioner shall have the duty and authority: