1. Review the policy, budget and statewide plans of the department, and make appropriate
recommendations regarding their amendment or adoption.
2. Submit reports to the governor, not less than once each year, concerning progress
in the area of state parks, recreation and historic preservation, including recommendations
for the future, and covering such other matters as the council may deem appropriate.
3. Act as a central advisory agency on all matters affecting parks, recreation and
4. Recommend, from among its members and for the governor's consideration, a chairman
5. Adopt such by-laws as may be required for the organization of the council and the
conduct of its affairs.
6. Within amounts appropriated to the council, have the power to contract, outside
the city of New York, with federally-funded non-profit organizations that are organized
for the purpose of beautification of highways, parks and recreation areas and employ
persons sixty years of age or older whose net annual income does not exceed one thousand
dollars to carry out such activities. The contract shall name the organization, the amount and manner of payment for the
service to be rendered, nature of such service, the rendering of a verified account
of the disbursements with verified or certified vouchers therefor attached, a refund
of any unused amount, and such other conditions upon the use thereof as may be deemed
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