N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. Tit. 5 § 216.4 - Authority of appeal officer

(a) The appeal officer shall evaluate the merits of the appeal and any response from counsel to the department. Where the appeal officer deems it appropriate, the appeal officer may require the participant or counsel to the department to address additional issues and/or submit additional information regarding the appeal. If the appeal officer requires submission of additional documents by either participant or counsel to the department, both parties shall receive copies of all submissions.
(b) Nothing herein shall preclude the appeal officer from obtaining information from any outside source, as he or she deems appropriate.
(c) The appeal officer shall determine whether he or she deems it necessary to conduct a fact-finding hearing, and the level of formality of any hearing conducted.


N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. Tit. 5 § 216.4

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