Through the Years: 1980s
June 1980

John Egan is appointed commissioner of OGS.


February 1981

A fire at the Binghamton State Office Building closes the building for 13 years. OGS works with 20 state agencies and the Binghamton community to relocate tenants to local space. 


March 1981

OGS adds two new electric vehicles, the first of 13, to the state’s fleet.

Two men inspecting the engine of an electric vehicle in 1981.
Electric vehicle, 1981.

June 1982

Queen Beatrix of Netherlands visits Albany.

Queen Beatrix in motorcade visits Albany in 1982.
Queen Beatrix visits Albany, 1982.

October 1982

OGS gains control of all state vehicles and begins managing agency fleets. 

fleet management


March 1983

The Plaza Tower at the Empire State Plaza is renamed the Mayor Erastus Corning II Tower (Corning Tower) to honor the long-tenured Albany Mayor’s contributions to the city and state.


May 1984

Governor Mario Cuomo dedicates the New York State Vietnam Memorial, facilitated by OGS and located in a courtyard outside the Abrams Building for Law and Justice. Ceremonies begin at dawn with a reading of the names of over 4,000 New Yorkers who lost their lives in Vietnam.

Governor Mario Cuomo dedicates the Vietnam Memorial.
Governor Mario Cuomo dedicates the Vietnam Memorial, 1984.



The State Office Campus named for Governor W. Averell Harriman.

harriman campus

The Harriman Campus sign at the dedication in 1984.
Harriman Campus dedication, 1984.

July 1986

OGS helps plan the Empire State Reception during Liberty Weekend in New York Harbor, a celebration of the 100 years of Lady Liberty.

NY Harbor during Liberty Weekend in 1986.
NY Harbor during Liberty Weekend, 1986.

December 1988

The Poughkeepsie Office Building is dedicated to Eleanor Roosevelt, making it the first New York State office building named for a woman.

Eleanor Roosevelt state office building


June 1989

John Hudacs is confirmed as commissioner of OGS.