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Farmers' Market Federation of New York
Farm Service Agency in New York State
New York Agricultural Statistics Service
New York Farm Bureau
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

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Department of Family Assistance
Division of Veteran Affairs
"To provide quality service and advocacy for New York State veterans, armed forces members, their dependents and survivors, ensuring they receive benefits granted by law for their service to New York and the nation."
Food Stamps - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Information from the USDA.
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
"Provides cash to help pay heating bills for low-income individuals and families. For applicants aged 60 and over, it is administered by local offices for the aging."
From the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. "The fast and easy way to find out about many health and human services programs and how to apply for them - anytime and anywhere." Includes information on eligibility and applying for food stamps, HEAP, WIC, and several other programs.
New York State Employee Assistance Program
"A confidential assessment and referral service for New York State government employees and their family members who need assistance with personal problems or concerns that may be affecting their work performance or overall well being."
New York State Family Information Services and Assistance Resources
Sections include: A Place For Kids, Adoption, Aging, Birth, Child Care, Child Support and Custody, Death, Disability Issues, Divorce, Early Childhood, Family History / Genealogy, Family Planning, Family Support Services, Marriage, Safety, Temporary Assistance, Volunteering / Community Service (FAMILY).
Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
"To promote greater self-sufficiency of the State's residents through the efficient delivery of temporary and transitional assistance, disability assistance, and the collection of child support."
Office of Children and Family Services
"Foster care, adoption and adoption assistance, child protective services, preventive services for children and families, services for pregnant adolescents, child care and referral programs, and protective programs for vulnerable adults. OCFS is also responsible for the functions performed by the State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH), and coordinates state government response to the needs of Native Americans on reservations and in communities."
Office of Victim Services (OVS) (formerly Crime Victims Compensation Board)
"The State of New York's commitment to its innocent victims of violent crime began with the creation of the Crime Victims Compensation Board in 1966, now named the Office of Victim Services (OVS). OVS has a three-tiered mission to: provide compensation to innocent victims of crime in a timely, efficient and compassionate manner; fund direct services to crime victims via a network of community-based programs; and advocate for the rights and benefits of all innocent victims of crime."
New York State Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse
"The NYS Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse was established within the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services in 1987 and operates pursuant to the NYS Executive Law. Having worked in law enforcement, identification services, training and/or technology prior to assignment to MECC, staff members collectively possess tremendous expertise in the handling of missing child cases and child safety."
SSI - Social Security Income
"People in financial need who are age 65 or older or people of any age who are blind or have a disability (including children) may be eligible for monthly cash payments from the federal government. The payments are called Supplemental Security Income (SSI)."
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps)
"The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used like cash to purchase food at authorized retail food stores. Eligibility and benefit levels are based on household size, income and other factors."Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps)
Workers Compensation Board
"Workers' compensation insurance provides weekly cash payments and the cost of full medical treatment, including rehabilitation, for covered employees who become disabled as a result of a disease or injury connected with their employment. It also provides payments for qualified dependents of a worker who dies from a compensable injury or illness."

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Arts & Culture

American Folk Art Museum
American Museum of Natural History
Art Museums in New York
The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library
Guggenheim Museum
International Center of Photography
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of the City of New York
Nation Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts
Nation Museum of the American Indian
New York State Arts
"Cultural Destinations Directory."
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
"The New York State Council on the Arts is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York's citizens."
New York State Museum
Whitney Museum of American Art

For more information on museums throughout New York State click here.

New York Council for the Humanities
"Devotes itself to insuring the presence of the humanities in the state's cultural and intellectual life and to guaranteeing the future of the humanities among young people."
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
"The mission of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. NYFA serves individual artists by offering direct financial assistance, professional development and information and resources to artists and organizations that serve artists; supports arts programs in the community; and builds collaborative relationships with others who advocate for the arts in New York State and throughout the country." Includes classifieds listings, employment opportunies (job search), event listings, podcasts, and more.
New York State Council on the Arts
"Provides support for activities of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in New York State and helps to bring artistic programs of high quality to the citizens of the state."

See also the entertainment section.

New York City Office of Management and Budget
"Responsible for assisting the Mayor in developing and implementing the City's budget, and for advising the Mayor on policy affecting the City's fiscal stability and the effectiveness of City services."
New York State Division of the Budget
Current and past enacted budgets, news, overview of the budget process, financial terminology, school aid budgets, STAR program, capital plan and investor information

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Building Codes
New York State Division of Code and Administration
Forms, FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), Laws and Regulations, Code Development, Technical and Regional Services, Energy Code.

Middletown, New York Codes
The City's Charter. Includes building and construction codes and more. Visit the City of Middletown, NY's website for more information and contacts.

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Business & Finance
Chambers of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce of Orange County, NY
New York State Chambers of Commerce
Directory provided by The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Doing Business in NY
Better Business Bureau of New York
Corporation and Business Entity Database
- from the NY Dept. of State. "Includes business and not for profit corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships, as well as other miscellaneous businesses."
New York State Division of Corporations
Includes information about the Corporation/Business Entity Database, forms, fees, filing services, contact information, and FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
Doing Business in New York State - from the NYS Attorney General
Empire State Development
New York State Government: Business Resources
Includes: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Business Licenses, Business Permits, Business Taxes, Complaints, Contracting with New York State, Economic Development, Ending a Business, Incorporation, Labor-Management Relations, Lottery Information, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses, Not-For-Profit Organizations, Professional Licensing, Rules and Regulations, Small Business Information, Starting a Business, Tax Incentives, Workforce and Employment Information.
New York State Small Business Development Center
OPAL: New York State's Online Permit Assistance and Licensing Website
"If you want to start a new business or expand your current business, this site will help you find the New York State business permits you may need."
See also Licensing / Licenses / Permits

State Comptroller
Office of the State Comptroller

Stock Exchange
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Unclaimed Funds in New York State
Unclaimed Funds
Includes New York State Teachers' Retirement System, State Comptroller, Recovering Abandoned Property And Unclaimed Assets in NYS.

For local business links see the Commerce section of our Local Information guide

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New York State Data Center
"Repository of economic and demographic data."
New York State QuickFacts
Frequently sought statistics. See also the New York QuickLinks section for more statistics

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Consumer Information & Protection
Attorney General's Office
"As New York State's Chief Legal Officer, the Attorney General defends and protects the people of New York."
Better Business Bureau of New York
"Dedicated to fostering fair and honest relationships between businesses and consumers, instilling consumer confidence and contributing to an ethical business environment. "
Consumer Protection Board
"Conducts consumer investigations, research and analysis, develops consumer education programs and materials, responds to individual complaints by working to settle disputes through voluntary agreements and it represents the interests of consumers before the Public Service Commission (PSC) and other State and Federal agencies."
"Do Not Call" Program
"Do Not Call" registration, laws and rules, information for consumers and telemarketers. Includes New York State and Federal information.
Public Service Commission
"The Department of Public Service has a broad mandate to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to reliable and low-cost utility services. The Department is the staff arm of the Public Service Commission. The Commission regulates the state's electric, gas, steam, telecommunications,and water utilities. The Commission also oversees the cable industry."

For more information see our Consumer Information guide.

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ADA Home Page: Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act
Includes policies and related enforcement information, laws, specialized consumer topics (Guide to Disability Rights Laws, ADA Questions and Answers, ADA Designated Investigative Agencies, ADA Mediation Program), and more. Provided by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Disability FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about Laws, Guidelines, and Services
"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supports a variety of service and advocacy programs for persons with disabilities as a part of a government-wide approach."
The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
"The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is a Federally-funded New York State Agency working under the direction of the Governor's Office. The DDPC is responsible for developing new ways to improve the delivery of services and supports to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families. The Council focuses on community involvement, employment, recreation and housing issues faced by New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and their families."
New York State Justice Center (formerly The Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities - CQCAPD)
"The Justice Center is committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy of their civil rights, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken." CQCAPD documents can still be found at this link.
New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
"New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and its associated voluntary agencies offer many services to consumers and their families."
New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)
Information on mental health in New York State as well as cognitive and psychiatric disabilities and related services, programs, and organizations. "The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 2,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs."
Disability and Health in New York State
Sections include: Information on Disability Benefits, On the Job Injuries, Disability Data and Statistics, Fit for Life, A Parent's Guide for Children with Special Needs, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Care at Home: A Handbook for Parents. Provided by the New York State Department of Health.
Workers with Disabilities Program
"The Governor's Programs to Hire Persons/Veterans with Disabilities consist of two specialized programs. These programs are coordinated efforts to place individuals with disabilities in entry-level State jobs. No initial written or oral examinations are required for appointment. You must however, submit a formal application and a medical evaluation may be necessary for program certification." From New York State Department of Civil Service.
See also the Disabilities category in our Health Guide as well as the Disabilities category in our Ready Reference guide.

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Board of Regents (NY)
New York State Education Department: Board of Regents
New York State Regents Exams
Past Regents Exams, including English Language Arts, Languages Other Than English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.

See also the Test Preparation section of our Ready Reference guide.
BOCES - Board of Cooperative Educational Services
Boards of Cooperative Educational Services. From the New York State Education Department.
Colleges & Universities
City University of New York (CUNY)
State University of New York (SUNY)
(For more colleges, please see our Colleges guide.)

GED / TASC Tests
New York State High School Equivalency (HSE) Office (formerly New York State GED Testing Office)
General Educational Development. Includes updates concerning GED exams, testing centers, and test schedules. Includes information on Test Assessing Secondary Completion (the TASC test).

See also: Orange-Ulster BOCES Obtain Your GED page and the Test Preparation section of our Ready Reference guide.
New York State Education Department
Directory of Public and Private Schools in NYS
Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education, New York State Education Department
New York State Education Department Home Page
Information for teachers, students, parents and guardians, and residents of NYS. Includes teaching standards.
New York State Learning Standards, Assessment and Resources in Core Subject Areas
Curriculum standards. Curricula includes: Arts, Career Development and Occupational Studies, English Language Arts, Health, Physical Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Languages Other Than English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Studies,
Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES), New York State Education Department
Office of Cultural Education, New York State Education Department
Office of Higher Education, New York State Education Department
Office of Special Education, New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions, New York State Education Department
Office of Teaching Initiatives, New York State Education Department
Teacher certification and more information.
New York City Department of Education
New York City Department of Education
Schools, offices, agencies, programs, news, and more.
"OneCampusNYC connects New York City's university students and faculty to City resources and offers up a taste of what it's like to be part of the NYC academic community."
Schools - Local (Middletown, NY & surrounding areas)
Click here for schools listed in our Local Information guide
Schools - Statewide (NY)
New York State Center for School Safety (NYSCSS)
"New York State Center for School Safety is a government coordinating agency and information clearinghouse. We are one of three statewide centers and six regional centers that make up the Student Support Services Network. The Student Support Services Network is supervised by the Student Support Services Program of the New York State Education Department."
School District Web Pages
From Open Directory Project.
Schools - Report Cards - Performance of NYS Public Schools:

2011-2012 Report
2010-2011 Report
2009-2010 Report
2008-2009 Report
2007-2008 Report
2006-2007 Report
2005-2006 Report
2004-2005 Report
2003-2004 Report
2002-2003 Report
2001-2002 Report
2000-2001 Report
1998-1999 Report
Other school district information from the NYS Education Department
Students - Grants, Loans & Financial Aid, Services
Scholarships for Academic Excellence
From the State Education Department.
Student Loans & Financial Aid
From the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).
Student Support Services (SSS)
Regional school improvement and community services.

Teachers & Teacher Certification (NY)
New York State Teachers Retirement System
New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)
"We are dedicated to improving not only our working conditions, but also our professions. We're united in a common commitment to improve the quality of education and healthcare for the people of New York."
Office of Teaching Initiatives
From the New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions

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New York City Board of Elections
New York State Board of Elections
New York State Election Law
Voting in New York State
Voter registration information.

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Emergencies, Natural Disasters,
and Severe Weather Advisories
Emergency Phone Numbers and Web Links
Telephone and websites directory from the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO).
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
National website
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): New York Office
"Region II: Serving New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands." Sections include: Active Disasters, Flood Information, Hazard Mitigation Planning, Community Action, Declaration Process.
New York Alert (
"Welcome to the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification web-based portal. It is part of New York State's ongoing commitment to provide New Yorkers with information so that they will understand the risks and threats that they may face and know how to respond accordingly. This website contains critical emergency-related information including instructions and recommended protective actions developed in real-time by emergency service personnel. Concurrent with the posting to this website, that same information will be disseminated through various communications systems (e.g. email, cell phones, media outlets) to those who sign up."
New York State Department of Health
News, advisories, and information.
New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission (DPC)
"The responsibilities of the Disaster Preparedness Commission (DPC) include: the preparation of State disaster plans; the direction of State disaster operations and coordinating those with local government operations; and the coordination of federal, State and private recovery efforts."
New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO)
"The mission of the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of New York State from threats posed by natural or man-made events."
New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
New York State National Weather Service
Sections include: Severe Weather, Marine Forecasts, Flash Flood Guidance, From New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO).
Orange County, New York Government: Emergency Information
Includes a directory of telephone numbers and related information. Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for New York
Issued by the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS)
See also the Fire Departments, Homeland Security and Transportation sections (for travel advisories) as well as our Floods guide.

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and Outdoor Activities
Environmental Protection and Conservation
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Region II
"Region II: Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and 7 Tribal Nations."
New York Nature Explorer: A Gateway to New York's Biodiversity
"Nature Explorer currently contains information on birds, reptiles, amphibians, rare animals, rare plants, and significant natural communities." From the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
New York State Department of Enviromental Conservation (DEC)
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation
New York State Environmental Protection Resources
Sections include: Ambient Air Quality, Monitoring Animals and Plants, Brownfields Restoration Program, Brownfields and Voluntary Cleanups, Chemical and Petroleum Spills, Climate Change - Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Dam Safety Program, Draft All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Policy, Earth Day, Environmental Conservation Officer, Environmental Conservation, Department of Environmental Education, Information for Students, Forest Rangers and Law Enforcement Officers, Freshwater Wetlands, Hazardous Waste Disposal - Household Household Hazardous Waste (Reduce Your Use), Household Hazardous Waste, Hudson River Estuary Benthic Mapper Home, Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Program, Information on Recycling Used Electronics, Learning about Recycling, Mercury Management in New York State, NYC Watershed Agreement, NYSDEC Events Calendar, Index Oceans and Estuaries, Petroleum Bulk Storage Tank Testing, Policies and TAGMs for Cleaning Up Contaminated Sites, Pollution Prevention, Pressure Treated Lumber, Recycle cell phones, Recycling and Composting Registered Waste Tire Storage Facilities in New York State, Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), Voluntary Clean Up Program, Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Certification.

Outdoor Activities, Recreation, and Sports
Great Outdoors Recreation Pages (GORP) Guide to New York
Travel, outdoor recreation and activities
Outdoor Recreation
"On this website you will find information about: New York's diverse public lands, including locations, facilities, allowed uses, and special rules; Licenses, permits and rules governing outdoor pursuits in New York; DEC campgrounds, ski center, trails and other special facilities; How-to and safety tips, along with outdoor manners and courtesy." Includes information on fishing and hunting licenses.

See also the Agriculture and Travel and Tourism sections as well as our Environment blog.

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Carnegie Hall
Lincoln Center
Madison Square Garden
Metropolitan Opera
Concert information
Radio City Music Hall
Times Union Center - in Albany, NY
Formerly the Pepsi Arena.
West Point (USMA - U.S. Military Academy)
Events information and performances at Eisenhower Hall.

Educational Television/Public Broadcasting
From the New York State Education Department Office of Educational Television & Public Broadcasting.
Educational Television/Public Broadcasting
Public television, public radio stations, news
Television Network Pages
Television network resources from our Entertainment web guide

Show descriptions and schedules, ticket information
Broadway, Theatre, and links to other events
from our Entertainment web guide

See also the arts and culture section

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Fire Departments
New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
New York State Fire Departments
New York State Office of Fire Control and Prevention
Orange County, New York Fire Departments
From the Orange County Government, Division of Fire Services.

See also the Emergencies and Natural Disasters section for more information.

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Government Information
in New York State

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By County
New York State Counties
Direct links to county government web sites
New York State Association of Counties
"The only statewide municipal association representing the interests of close to 5,000 county officials, including legislators, supervisors, county executives, administrators, commissioners and other county employees. Every county in the state is a member of NYSAC."

Local Government
Local Government Sites
Government resources local to the Middletown, Walkill, and neighboring areas.
Local Representatives
Representatives local to the Middletown, NY and neighboring areas.
Municipality Web Sites
"Official government web sites for counties, cities, towns, villages in New York State."
New York State Local Government Links
Links to government web sites in towns and counties throughout New York State

New York City
New York City Green Book Online
"For nearly a century, the Green Book has kept New Yorkers informed about the agencies, offices, boards, and commissions that keep our dynamic City running." PLEASE NOTE: "New York City Green Book Online is currently under reconstruction." Until it returns, please see this link: New York City Agency & Office Officials.
Mayoral and City Agencies
Alphabetical list of NYC government agencies
New York City government information center
New York City Council
"The legislative branch of City government."

New York State Government
Attorney General's Office of New York State
Department of State
Directory of Representatives
From the U.S. House of Representatives.
New York State Assembly
New York State Congressional Delegation and Senators
Names and links to Congressional and Senatorial websites. From
New York State Government Home Page
Official New York State government information center
New York State Government Telephone Directory
for New York State government agencies
New York State Governor's Home Page
New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics
"The Joint Commission on Public Ethics ("JCOPE") has replaced the former Commission on Public Integrity pursuant to the Public Integrity Reform Act (L. 2011, ch. 399). We are currently in the process of creating a new website to provide you with additional information."
New York State Office of General Services
New York State Office of the Inspector General
"The Inspector General's Office is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that State government, its employees and those who work with the state meet the highest standards of honesty, accountability, and efficiency."
New York State Senate
See also their Citizen's Access to State Government and New York State Topical Index
Open Meeting Webcasts
"This page provides easy access to NYS government open meeting information and corresponding webcasts." Webcasts are broadcasts on the World Wide Web.
This website, provided by New York State's Office of the Attorney General, was designed to "enhance the public's ability to access and review state and local government information."

For more New York Government resources please review other topics in this guide as well as our GovSites guide

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Affordable Care Act
New York State of Health (The New York Health Benefit Exchange)
"The Official Health Plan Marketplace for New York State." This website offers information for individuals, families, small businesses, and stakeholders.

From NYSoH "An Exchange is an organized marketplace designed to help people shop for and enroll in health insurance coverage. Individuals, families and small businesses will be able to use the Exchange to help them compare commercial insurance options, calculate costs and select coverage online, in person, over the phone or by mail. The Exchange will also help people to check their eligibility for health care programs like Medicaid and sign up for these programs if they are eligible. The Exchange will also be able to tell what type of financial assistance is available to applicants to help them afford health insurance purchased through the Exchange. Insurance coverage can be purchased through the Health Benefit Exchange beginning in October 2013 and will be effective January 1, 2014. Under the federal Affordable Care Act, an Exchange will be operating in every state starting in 2014." From the New York State Department of Health.
Federal Health Care Reform Implementation in New York State
From the New York State Department of Health.

Department of Health
Department of Health
The New York State Department of Health website.
See also their Birth, Death, Marriage, & Divorce Records page for Vital Records.
Rules, Regulations, and Laws
New York State health rules, regulations, and laws.

Other Topics
New York State Attorney General: Health Care Bureau
"The Health Care Bureau safeguards the rights of health care consumers statewide through investigation of and enforcement actions against insurers, providers, drug companies and other individuals and entities that engage in fraudulent, misleading, deceptive, or illegal practices in the health care market." Includes a toll-free Help Line for consumers and tips for healthcare consumers (e.g. Questions to Ask When Selecting a Healthcare Plan).
Child Health Plus
Information on health insurance plan, providers in New York State, and Children's Medicaid. "Starting January 1, 2014, you can apply for Child Health Plus coverage through the New York State of Health Marketplace."
Department of Labor: Public Employee Safety & Health
Local Departments of Social Services
By county. From New York State Department of Health.
Medicaid Program Information
From the New York State Department of Health.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline
New York Professional Misconduct and Physician Discipline.
New York State Nursing Homes Profiles
"Use this site for information about nursing homes in New York State and the quality of care they provide. The quality measures data are from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These quality measures are among the most reliable, but measuring quality is difficult because of the variation among nursing homes in the complexity of residents they care for. Use this information to ask questions of nursing home representatives and health care professionals, as well as family members and friends who may have direct experience with a particular nursing home." From the NYS Dept. of Health.
New York State Office of Mental Health
New York State Physician Profile
"Profiles for all licensed doctors of medicine and doctors of osteopathy who are registered to practice medicine in New York State."
Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
"New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and its associated voluntary agencies offer many services to consumers and their families."
Patients' Rights in New York State
Patients' rights, proxy health care, funeral costs, euthanasia, bioethics, Do-Not-Resuscitate, more.

For additional health resources please see our Health guide

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Local History (for Middletown, NY and neighboring areas)
Middletown Thrall Library Local History Department
Collection highlights, digitized local history documents, web guides to other local history and genealogical web sites

State History Resources
New York Heritage
" is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and others who are interested in the Empire State's history."
New York State Archives
New York State Archives Web Resources
Historical records available online from the New York State Archives. Some of the topics include American's Civil War, Erie Canal Time Machine, Legacies Project, New York Agriculture and more. From the NYS Archives.
New York State Historical Association
NYGenWeb: New York Genealogy and History
Historical and Genealogical Resources from our web guide
See also: Local History: New York State

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Homeland Security
New York State Office of Homeland Security
"The New York State Office of Homeland Security directs and coordinates a comprehensive counter-terrorism and 'all-hazards' prevention, preparedness, and response strategy to protect the people of New York State."
United States Department of Homeland Security
National website with news and information.
See also the Emergencies & Natural Disasters section.

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Housing and Real Estate
Consumer Fraud and Housing Issues
Contact information for issues between tenants and landlords such as rent overcharges and security deposits. Also includes an online "Real Estate Finance Bureau Complaint Form" for Co-ops, Condos, and Homeowners Associations. From the New York State Attorney General's Office.
New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
"Responsible for the supervision, maintenance and development of affordable low- and moderate-income housing in New York State."
New York State Housing Finance Agency
New York State Housing Information Resources
Sections include: Affordable Housing, Banking and Financial Services, Building a Home, Buying or Selling Property, Home Safety, Homelessness, Housing for Persons with Disabilities, Housing for the Elderly, Renting, Site Development, Volunteering / Community Service (HOUSING).
New York State Association of Realtors: Real Estate Professionals Page
New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services (DLS)
For realtors, real estate licenses and more.
New York State Society of Real Estate Appraisers
"An educational division of the New York State Association of Realtors"
Formerly Affordable Housing Directory.
Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS)
"The Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS), a division within the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, oversees local assessment administration. The division works directly with county and municipal officials to improve the fairness of property assessments."
Office of Rent Administration
"Responsible for regulating rents in approximately 1.2 million privately owned rental units statewide under four laws: the Emergency Housing Rent Control Law, the Local Emergency Tenant Control Act, the Rent Stabilization Law, and the Emergency Tenants Protection Act (ETPA)."
Real Estate Agencies and other resources
From Open Directory Project.
Special Real Estate Transactions and Surplus Real Property Auctions
From New York State Office of General Services (OGS)
State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA)
"The State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) offers five mortgage programs to assist first-time homebuyers with the purchase of a home in New York State."
Tenant's Rights Guide
A guide for tenants in NY. Published by the New York State Attorney General's Office. This document is in the PDF format: the Adobe Reader is required to view it.
Tenant Rights, Laws and Protections: New York
Information from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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Department of Financial Services - Insurance
Includes insurance information for consumers as well as information concerning the insurance industry. You can also search for insurance companies.
See also:

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New York State Career and Employment Information
Sections include: Career Choices, Employment Opportunities, Getting a Job, Information for Employers, Labor-Management Relations, Labor-Management Relations (Public Sector), Professional Licensing, Professional Misconduct and Discipline, Retirement, Self-employment, Unemployment Insurance Benefits, Workers Compensation, Working for Government in New York State, Workplace Issues, Youth Employment.
New York State Department of Civil Service
New York State Department of Labor
See also these sections at the NYS Dept. of Labor:
New York State Job Exchange (NYSJE)
"New York State Department of Labor and Workforce New York provide the tools to find your next job or another job. Whether it is the New York's Job Exchange, job posting sites or the one-stop system; we provide the assistance for your first and future steps."
Employment Laws and Labor Standards
Includes: Wage and Hour Law, Minimum Wage, Working Papers, Child Labor, Licenses, Permits, and Certifications and Registrations
Unemployment Assistance
Includes: How To File, File a Claim, Claim Weekly Benefits, Check Payment History, Reset PIN, Direct Deposit, Direct Payment Card, Hearing Information.

New York State Employee Resource Information Center
From the New York State Governor's Office of Employee Relations.
New York State Worker Compensation Board
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

For more information, such as job listings and career resources see our InterJob Search web guide

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Law in New York State
New York State Bill Search
"You can search for current New York State bills by bill number or by keyword."
New York State Division of Human Rights
New York State Constitution
New York State Court of Appeals
Decisions, news, and other information.
New York State Legislature
New York State Laws
From the New York State Legislature website.
New York State Unified Court System
WebCivil Supreme
"WebCivil provides online access to information about cases in Civil Supreme Court in all 62 counties of New York State. You may search for cases by Index Number or the name of the Plaintiff or Defendant, look up cases by Attorney/Firm name, and view Calendars for each court. With our eTrack case tracking service you can receive email updates and appearance reminders for Civil Supreme Court cases. WebCivil is provided as a FREE public service by the New York State Unified Court System."
For more information please see the New York section in our Law guide

See also New York Government section in this guide

Law Enforcement
Local (Middletown, NY and neighboring areas)
Local law enforcement web sites
From our Local Information guide

New York State Law Enforcement
New York State Department of Correctional Services
Includes inmates lookup/search.
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
New York State Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA)
New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
"Created as an independent statutory state agency to provide direction to the Governor and the Legislature on statewide domestic violence policy and legislation; to act as an advocate for domestic violence services and victims; to promote and facilitate interagency cooperation among state agencies and interdepartmental cooperation between different levels of government in the state in the delivery and/or funding of services; to promote effective cross-systems' responses to domestic violence through centralized training, technical assistance and policy development and implementation; and to conduct statewide community outreach and public education."
New York State Police
New York State Sex Offenders Registry

For more information please see our Law guide

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Library Items

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Find Your Public Library
Locate public libraries and library systems within NYS. Search engine from the New York State Library.
Library Funding, Laws and Regulations
Statistics, laws, and other information from the New York State Library
New York's Libraries Information Network (NYLINE)
Subscribe to this e-mail list for information on "library developments in New York State, news from the New York Library Association, news from the New York State Library; and networking with your colleagues."
New York Library Association
"The New York Library Association (NYLA) was founded in 1890 to lead in the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning, quality of life, and equal opportunity for all New Yorkers."
New York Public Library
New York State Association of Library Boards
New York State Electronic Doorway Library Services
New York State Library
New York State Library: Division of Library Development
New York State Reading Association
"An affiliate of the International Reading Association comprised of 43 local reading councils having a total membership of over 6,500 educators from across New York State. The organization includes classroom teachers, reading specialists, parents, college educators, and researchers."
Public Library Law in New York State
From the New York Library Association (NYLA). Requires Adobe Reader
School Library Systems Association of New York State

For more information on libraries in and beyond New York State please see our Library Resources web guide

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New York State Lottery
Current and past results

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Licensing / Licenses / Permits
New York State - Department of State, Division of Licensing Services
"The New York State Department of State's Division of Licensing Services plays an important role for consumers, occupational licensees, applicants and the business community in New York State. The Division is responsible for the licensure, registration and/or regulation of the following: real estate brokers and salespersons; barber shops and practitioners; appearance enhancement businesses and practitioners (cosmetology, esthetics, natural hair styling, nail specialty, waxing); private investigators; watch guard or patrol agencies; security guards; security and fire alarm installers; hearing aid dispensers; apartment information vendors; apartment sharing agents; real estate appraisers; notaries public; bedding manufacturers and used bedding sellers; armored car carriers and guards; coin processors; home inspectors; telemarketers; athlete agents and central dispatch facilities."
New York State Government: Licenses and Credentials
Licensing information. Includes: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Credentials, Animal Licensing, Business Licenses, Business Permits, Driver License and Vehicle Registration, Firearm Licenses, Health Care Workers Credentials, Hunting / Fishing / Trapping Licenses, Marriage Licenses, Professional Licensing, Professional Misconduct and Discipline.
New York State Liquor Authority
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Online Permit Assistance and Licensing (OPAL)
"If you want to start a new business or expand your current business, this site will help you find the New York State business permits you may need."
Verification Searches
From the New York State Office of Professions. Search by name, license number (within a profession), permits, pharmacy establishments.

See also: Doing Business in NY.

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News & Newspapers
New York Newspaper Databases
Albany Times Union, Buffalo News, The New York Times, New York Post, New York Observer, Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse Herald-Journal, Syracuse Post-Standard. Available to members of Thrall.
The New York Times
Free registration is required to access articles
The Times-Herald Record
Local newspaper for Middletown, NY and neighboring areas

For more information see our News and Weather and Current Interests & Events guides.

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Public Information & Records
New York Public
"Search New York public records statewide for vital information such as death, birth and marriage certificates with official government websites. Find property information, conduct a business search, verify professional licenses and view other public records available online." Mostly free information with links to NYS government websites and related information. You can also browse by county (e.g. Orange County, NY).
New York State Committee on Open Government: Freedom of Information Law
Text of the law.
New York State Department of Health: Freedom of Information and Access to Department of Health Records
Sections include: Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Subject Matter List, How to Make a FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) Request, Why You Might Be Denied Access, How to Appeal When You've Been Denied Access, FOIL Fee Schedules, Personal Privacy Protection.
Open Data Portal
Includes links to Project Sunlight, Open Budget, Health Data NY, Jobs Express, Build Smart NY, The New NY Bridge, Regional Economic Development Councils, Citizen Connects, and much more. This transparency portal allows the public to access datasets from various agencies and authorities through New York State including liquor licenses, child care regulated programs, recommended fishing rivers, local mental health programs, attorney registrations, licensed nursery growers and greenhouses, real property tax rates by municipality, and many, many more.
A database of public contracts, payrolls, pensions, and expenditures designed so that taxpayers "can share, analyze and compare data from counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and public authorities throughout New York." Sponsored by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

See also:
For more information see our News and Weather and Current Interests & Events guides.

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Adult Care Facilities
Directory from the New York State Department of Health
Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance (HIICAP)
"HIICAP, Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program, is the New York State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)."
"A jointly-funded, Federal-State health insurance program for certain low-income and needy people, including children; the aged, blind, and/or disabled; and people eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments."
Medicare in New York State
"Learn about: What is Medicare? Who is Eligible for Medicare? What are Your Medicare Choices? How to Prevent Fraud and Abuse." From the New York State Department of Health.
Official federal government Medicare information center
Medigap Insurance (Medicare Supplement)
Scroll down their page for updates concerning Medigap.
New York City Department for the Aging
"To work for the empowerment, independence, dignity and quality of life of New York City's diverse older adults and for the support of their families through advocacy, education and the coordination and delivery of services."
New York State Office for the Aging
"To help older New Yorkers to be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations which serve them. "
Orange County, New York Office for the Aging
"Orange County Office for the Aging is committed to meeting the special service needs of Orange County's senior population, their families and friends who care for them. Orange County Office for the Aging offers services, either directly or through sub-contracts, designed to maintain the quality of life of those aged 60 and over."
Senior Citizen Resource Guide
PDF document (view with Adobe Reader). From the New York State Office for the Aging.
Senior Housing Guide
Affordable housing directory, home safety, facts and figures, housing definitions, critical questions
Social Security: New York Region Page
New York information from the Social Security Administration (

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Social Services
Local DSS Departments
Local Departments of Social Services
DSS office locations and telephone/contact information. Arrange by county. From the New York State Department of Health.
Orange County Department of Social Services
Orange County, New York.
New York City Human Resources Administration: Department of Social Services (HRA/DSS)
"The New York City Human Resources Administration/ Department of Social Services (HRA/DSS) provides temporary help to individuals and families with social service and economic needs to assist them in reaching self-sufficiency."
See also:

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Baseball Hall of Fame
New York Mets Official Web Site
New York Yankees Official Web Site

New York Knicks - NBA
New York Liberty - WNBA

Buffalo Bills
New York Giants
New York Jets

New York Islanders
New York Rangers

For more on college and professional sports please see our Sports web guide

State Emblems
New York State Flag
New York State Information
State bird, flag, motto, song, etc., from the New York State Library
Symbols of New York State
From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

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For Students
Factmonster: New York State
History, trivia, statistics, and more.
Local History Information
Concerning Middletown, NY, Orange County, and surrounding areas. Images, text, and books.
New York State: Fun and Facts Kid's Room
NYS symbols, history, and culture. From New York State's State Department.
New York State Flag and the Great Seal of the State of New York
Facts from the New York State Library.
New York State Government Home Page
New York State Information and Emblems
Information on the official state animal, beverage, bird, bush, fish, flag, seal, flower, fossil, fruit, gem, insect, motto, muffin, reptile, shell, tree, slogan, song. From the New York State Library.

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New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Home Page
Division of Tax Appeals and Tax Appeals Tribunal
STAR - School Tax Relief
Straight Talk from the Taxpayer
"This web feature is the public arm of Governor Paterson's Office of Taxpayer Accountability. It allows you - the taxpayer - to submit your own ideas, discuss and comment on other taxpayers' ideas, and vote the best ideas to the top of the list. We are looking for ideas that will save taxpayer dollars, provide property tax relief, and promote government efficiency, performance, accountability and transparency."
Tax Forms

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New York State Office of Technology
New York State Universal Broadband
"This website provides information on the state's efforts to ensure every New Yorker has access to affordable, high-speed broadband services in urban and rural communities from border to border."
New York State Office of Science, Technology & Academic Research

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Departments of Motor Vehicle
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) - Local Offices in Middletown, New York and Orange County, NY
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) - New York State
Driver licenses, vehicle registration, and more
Department of Transportation - New York State
Directory of New York State Public Transit Operators
Alphabetical listing.
E-Z Passes
"E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection system, which takes cash, coins and toll tickets out of the toll collection process. Instead, drivers establish an account, prepay tolls and attach a small electronic device to their vehicles." Information for commuters and drivers in New York State. See also the NYS E-Z Pass websites at this link.
Formerly Travel Information Gateway. A comprehensive site giving information about all forms of transportation in New York.
Long Island Bus / Nassau County
"Effective January 1, 2012, under a contract with Nassau County, Veolia Transportation has become the operator of Long Island Bus routes and Able-Ride services formerly run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority continues to work with Nassau County during this transition to ensure a smooth service transfer."
Long Island Rail Road
Metro-North Railroad
Metropolitan Transit Authority
Free commuter services sponsored by the New York State and Connecticut Departments of Transportation. See also for a free "ride-matching" service that helps you locate other commuters who might share your schedule and be able to carpool (e-mail and registration required).
New York City Transit
New York State Bridge Authority
New York State Thruway Authority
Stewart International Airport
Traffic Safety Committee
See also:

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Travel & Tourism
Local (Hudson Valley, Orange County, neighboring areas)
"511 New York is the free, official one-stop, all-encompassing telephone and Web service offering information on transportation services and conditions throughout New York State. This information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
Historic Hudson Valley
Travel guide to historic landmarks
Hudson Valley Network
Travel guide
Hudson Valley Tourism
Orange County, New York
Travel guide
Rockland County
See also:

New York City
New York City
Travel guide from the New York Times.
New York travel resources
City-oriented travel sites from Open Directory Project.
Visiting New York City
Travel guide from

Great Outdoors Recreation Pages (GORP) Guide to New York
Travel, outdoor recreation and activities
"I Love New York"
Official New York State tourism web site
Must See New York
Featuring hotels, tourist attractions, maps, restaurants, theaters, tours, parks, parades, festivals, architecture, and more.
New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association (NYSHTA)
"In the Travelers section, visitors can search over 1,000 hotels and accommodations around our great state. Travelers can also request a Travel Map and will be directed to other Web sites, which serve as great resources to assist those in their travels throughout New York."
New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York State Travel & Vacation Association (NYSTVA)
"NYSTVA is organized for the purposes of bringing together New York State tourism industry interests to: advocate government policies and programs which will strengthen the industry; to raise the level of professionalism within the industry; to encourage the development of cooperative relationships and partnerships among its members; and to raise consumer awareness and appreciation of travel and vacation opportunities in New York State."

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Vital Records
New York State Department of Health - Vital Records
Records/certificates for birth, death, marriage, divorce, and more.
New York City Department of Health - Vital Records
New York State Library - Vital Records
Vital Records / Family Records
From the New York State Archives.

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New York Times Obituaries
Notable obituaries 1996 to current
Middletown Thrall Library Obituary Database
Entries from the Times Herald-Record covering currently the years 1986 - 1988 (date range expands as database is updated)
Times Herald-Record Obituaries
Browse or search for recent obituaries and death notices.

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