N.Y. ENV. LAW § 3-0101 : NY Code - Section 3-0101: Continuation of department

The Department of Environmental Conservation, which was established by
  chapter  140  of  the  Laws  of  1970,  is hereby continued, and all the
  powers, functions, duties and obligations possessed  by  the  department
  pursuant  to  such  chapter  immediately preceding the effective date of
  this chapter are hereby continued.