The New York State Board of Regents has overall responsibility for the history organizations in the state. The Department of Education which charters New York museums and historical societies operates under the auspices of the Regents.
Its purview includes the Office of Cultural Education: the New York State Archives, the New York State Library, and the New York State Museum where the New York State Historian is based.
Most of the press coverage about the Regents concerns education especially such hot-button issues as curriculum and evaluations.
You can read about the January meeting of the Regents Advisory Council on Museums at History and the New York State Regents.