Correction Officer Flag Law
§ 5. Department of correctional services; commissioner. 1. There shall
be in the state government a department of correctional services. The
head of the department shall be the commissioner of correctional
services, who shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice
and consent of the senate, and hold office at the pleasure of the
governor by whom he was appointed and until his successor is appointed
and has qualified.
2. The commissioner of correctional services shall be the chief
executive officer of the department.
3. The principal office of the department of correctional services
shall be in the county of Albany.
4. The commissioner is hereby authorized and empowered to convert the
sentence of a person serving an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment,
except a person serving a sentence with a maximum term of life
imprisonment, to a determinate sentence of imprisonment equal to
two-thirds of the maximum or aggregate maximum term imposed where such
conversion is necessary to make such person eligible for transfer either
to federal custody or to foreign countries under treaties that provide
for the voluntary transfer of such persons on the execution of penal
sentences entered into by the government of the United States with
5. The commissioner upon request, may in his or her discretion,
authorize the purchase and presentation of a flag of the state of New
York to the person designated to dispose of the remains of a deceased