Governor Paterson's Response Letter
The following is a web version of the correspondence letter; a PDF version (491 kb) is also available to view.
October 4, 2010
The Honorable Robert K. Sweeney
640 West Montauk Highway
Lindenhurst, New York 11757
Dear Assemblyman Sweeney:
Thank you for your letter about the State's plan to merge the licensing system for hunting, trapping and fishing licenses (known as "DECALS") with the State's enterprise licensing system.
The Enterprise E-Licensing project is an important part of my Shared Services Initiative to streamline State Government, save taxpayer dollars ad deliver better customer service. The goals of the Enterprise E-Licensing system are to (i) better serve the licensing needs of individuals and businesses by creating a one-stop shop website for licenses and permits, and (ii) achieve long-term savings for New York State through consolidation of multiple computer system hardware, software and staff.
The Executive Chamber, the Division of the Budget, the participating agencies and the E-licensing project team are committed to the development of a system that fully meets the needs of the constituents of all participating agencies, which include the Department of Environmental Conversation, as well as the Education Department, the Department of State, the State Liquor Authority, and the Department of Agriculture and Markets.
It is expected that two significant long-term benefits will emerge from this partnership among licensing agencies. First, annual costs to maintain the system will be shared among all the partners, therefore reducing the financial burden for each. Further, by assuming direct responsibility for operating the system, the State will have greater flexibility to make future enhancements to the system that will benefit both the original partners and agencies which may join in the future.
Again, much thanks for your inquiry.
David A. Paterson
State of New York
Albany, NY 12224