The Administrative Board for the Offices of the Public Administrators (“Administrative Board”) was established in 1993 pursuant to Section 1128 of the New York Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act to establish guidelines for the operations of the offices of the Public Administrators of New York State. Public Administrators are responsible for handling the estates of decedents who have no close relatives or named executors eligible or willing to serve as the fiduciary of their estates. Public Administrators serve in the City of New York, and in Erie, Monroe, Onondaga, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. In the 51 counties not served by a Public Administrator, the Public Administrator’s function is carried out by the Chief Fiscal Officer of each county, usually the county treasurer. The Administrative Board has jurisdiction over the eleven Public Administrators and over the Chief Fiscal Officers with respect to their estate administrator duties.
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