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Basic Facts About the Board

Contact: Public Information Office (518) 408-0469

Mission Statement: The New York State Workers' Compensation Board protects the rights of employees and employers by ensuring the proper delivery of benefits to those who are injured or ill, and by promoting compliance with the law.

Locations: The Board maintains 10 district offices across New York, located in

The Board operates service centers thoughout the state, thereby providing convenient access for customers and stakeholders.

Management/Staff: Chair Robert E. Beloten is the administrative head of the agency. The Board is composed of 13 commissioners, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the State Senate for terms of seven years. The Board employs approximately 1,500 people statewide.

Security: In order to ensure a safe workplace and a hearing process free from any form of intimidation, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board (Board) prohibits both visitors and employees from carrying or bearing firearms or any other weapons on Board premises. This prohibition applies to all weapons as defined in the New York State Penal Law, and extends to all employees, parties, witnesses and visitors appearing on Board premises.

As a reminder, all visitors entering Board premises, along with their bags, briefcases, or other packages, are subject to search. Persons who do not submit to a search will not be permitted access and may be asked to leave the premises.

Any questions regarding this matter should be referred to the Office of Security at 518-402-0172.