Emperor of New York is the monarchic title bestowed upon the head of state of New York. According to the New York Constitution, the Emperor rules for life unless a referendum is held and the people vote to remove him, upon which a new Emperor must be voted on and then crowned. Upon the death of the Emperor an election is called and the New York citizenry vote for the new ruler, who then ascends the throne.
The Constitution provides the Emperor broad powers, effectively granting him absolute rule. He has the power to appoint and remove any government official and can enact and draft any law he sees fit. Public pressure, in the form of the National Union, generally forces the Emperor to alter laws to fit the demands of the Union, which has the power to call for the referendum on his removal.
The current Emperor is Donald Trump, who succeeded Carter Goldsmith on August 7, 1997.