The OGS Bureau of Land Management is responsible for the disposition of state surplus real property and lands under water. Land Management's services also include:
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|Land Management History|
The origins of management for New York State's publicly-owned lands date back to the state's pre-colonial history. In 1642, the Dutch West India Company created the Surveyor General's Office for surveying and mapping lands claimed by the company's explorers, traders, and merchants. In 1784, after America gained its independence, and New York officially became a state, the state Commissioners of the Land Office was created. Its members included the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Surveyor General, Speaker of the Assembly, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor and Attorney General.
Other notable milestones include: