New York Financial Services Law
(a) The head of the department shall be the superintendent of financial services, who shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate, and who shall hold office at the pleasure of the governor. The superintendent shall possess the rights, powers, and duties in connection with financial services and protection in this state, expressed or reasonably implied by this chapter or any other applicable law of this state.
(b) The superintendent may, in the superintendent’s discretion, designate one of the superintendent’s deputies to act as superintendent during the superintendent’s absence or inability to act. If the office of superintendent is vacant, or if the superintendent’s absence or inability to act continues for a period of more than thirty successive days, the governor may designate a deputy to act as superintendent until the filling of the vacancy or the return or recovery of the superintendent.
(c) Whenever in this chapter, the banking law, the insurance law or any other law the superintendent is authorized but not required to take any action or the superintendent’s approval is required as a condition precedent to the doing of any act, the taking of such action and the giving of such approval shall be within the superintendent’s sound discretion. In taking any action with respect to any banking organization, and in approving or disapproving any application made by a banking organization, the superintendent shall give due consideration to the policy of the state of New York as set forth in section ten of the banking law.