New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Power to Administer Oaths and Compel Testimony
The commissioner, a deputy commissioner, the secretary or counsel of the department, or any other officer or employee duly authorized by the commissioner, may administer oaths and take affidavits in relation to any matter or proceeding in the exercise of the powers and duties of the department under this chapter. The commissioner, or a deputy commissioner may subpoena and require the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers and documents pertaining to the investigations and inquiries which such commissioner or deputy commissioner is authorized to conduct, and examine them in relation to any matter to be investigated by them and issue commissions for the examination of witnesses who are out of the state or unable to attend or excused from attendance. Any person who shall wilfully testify falsely as to any material matter pending in an investigation or proceeding under this chapter shall be guilty of and punishable for perjury. An officer who serves the subpoenas issued as above provided and witnesses attending in response thereto shall be entitled to the same fees as are allowed to officers and witnesses in civil actions in courts of record, to be audited and paid in the same manner as other expenses of the department.