Easy Access To Your Government
The following list of toll-free numbers is provided for your convenience in contacting key state government offices for information or assistance.
STATE SENATE — 1-800-342-9860— Status of bills during the legislative session. It is helpful if you supply the number of the bill. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekdays.
DRUG ABUSE — 1-800-522-5353 — Information about drug abuse and assistance or confidential referrals. 8 a.m. - 12 a.m., weekdays.
VETERANS — 1-888-VETSNYS — Information on state and federal veterans benefits as well as county telephone numbers for assistance. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.*
EPIC (ELDERLY PHARMACEUTICAL INSURANCE COVERAGE) —
1-800-332-3742 — Information about the state prescription drug program for senior citizens and assistance in obtaining and filling out forms. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekdays.
BANKING — 1-877-226-5697— For consumer complaints and information concerning state financial institutions, such as savings banks, commercial banks or credit unions. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekdays.
TOURIST INFORMATION — 1-800-225-5697 — For travel information in New York, information on "I Love NY" tour packages and travel and ski guides. 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekdays.*
CONSUMER PROTECTION — 1-800-697-1220 — Information on reducing telemarketing calls (Do Not Call Registry) and junk mail, and how to file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Board. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekdays.
SENIOR CITIZENS — 1-800-342-9871 — Assistance from the State Office for the Aging for senior citizens with any problem.
8 a.m. - 4 p.m., weekdays.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION HELP LINE — 1-800-342-3377 — For questions about service. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., weekdays.
Emergency PSC - 1-800-342-3355 — To meet the emergency needs of residential consumers without gas or electric service. 7 :30 a.m. - 7 p.m., weekdays.*
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — 1-800-942-6906 — Provides crisis intervention and counseling referrals and information for victims of domestic violence. 24 hours, Sun. - Sat.
TAXPAYER ASSISTANCE — 1-800-CALL TAX — Assistance to taxpayers on questions about state taxes, including information on goods that are subject to sales tax. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., weekdays.*
INSURANCE — 1-800-342-3736 — Assistance from the State Insurance Dept. on all types of insurance questions. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekdays.*
CHILD ABUSE — 1-800-342-3720 — To report cases of child abuse or neglect. 24 hours, Sun. - Sat.
*Voice mail system