As used in this article:
1. “City” means the City of New York.
2. “Commissioner” means the commissioner of correction of the city provided, however, that if there shall be established by law a correctional administration in the city, “commissioner” shall mean the correctional administrator of the City.
3. “Department” means the department of correction of the city provided, however, that if there shall be established by law a correctional administration in the city, “department” shall mean such administration.
4. “Work release program” means a program in which the limits of place of confinement are extended for the purpose of seeking or engaging in employment or self-employment, attending an educational institution, participating in a training program, or obtaining medical treatment not otherwise available, caring for the prisoner's household and family or for some other compelling reason consistent with the public interest.
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