New York Government Leaders, Agencies, Awarded for IT Vision and Excellence

Top technology leaders and teams from state agencies and local governments were selected by the Center for Digital Government, a division of e.Republic, to be the recipients of its esteemed Best of New York awards. The annual awards recognize contributions, best practices, and work of distinction in the information technology arena.

This year’s awards also included agency-selected winners in the Excellence in IT Operations, Support and Service category. All award recipients were honored by the Center at a formal awards ceremony during the GTC East: The New York Digital Government Summit 2010 event on September 22.

“This year’s Best of New York award winners show New York agencies are committed to bringing   transparency and openness in government,”  said Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president of the Center. “These websites and Web-based tools provide important quality improvements in services as well as cost savings which are vital in today’s tight economy and tight budgets. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s awards!” 

Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, chief information officer and director of the Office for Technology for the state of New York said, “Congratulations to all of the 2010 Best of New York awardees! The people and projects honored represent the best of the best in New York’s IT enterprise.  New York is proud of its public sector IT workforce and is grateful for the dedication, hard work, and innovative contributions they make every day to leverage information technology to deliver superior government services to our citizens and businesses.”

Congratulations to the following Best of New York Awards 2010 recipients:

Visionary Awards

New York City Council Stat Team

New York Senate Office of the CIO

NYS Broadband Development and Deployment Council

Excellence in Leadership Award

Timothy C. Idoni, Westchester County Clerk


Project Excellence Awards

Controlled Substances -- Online Practitioner Notification Program, NYS Department of Health

Council Stat, New York City Council

DMV Facial Recognition System, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles

Empire 2.0 Create, Connect & Collaborate, Chief Information Office/Office for Technology

NYS DTF Call Center Upgrade, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance

NYS DOT Recovery Act, NYS Department of Transportation

Open Senate, New York State Senate

Oversize/Overweight Automated Permitting, NYS Department of Transportation

The On-Line Clearance System (OCS), Office of Children and Family Services

Westchester County Clerk Property Records Electronic Portal

Excellence in IT Operations, Support and Service Awards

Stefanie Obkirchner,  Manager of Information Technology Services 1

NYS Office of Real Property Services

Donna Pogroszewski, Director

Monroe Community College Communications and Network Services

Quincin Gonjon, Senior I.T. Associate/Internet Security Officer

Queensborough Community College – CUNY

Estelle Council, Information Technology Specialist 3

NYS Division of Parole

Nelson Rivera, CIO/Director

Monroe County Department of Information Services

Don Welsh, Lead Database Administrator

NYS Office of Cyber Security

Kim Matteo, Enterprise Plans To Procure (PTP) Coordinator

Chief Information Office/Office for Technology

Charles Stearns, Manager of IT Services

NYS Department of Health

William P Scialdo, Manager of Applications and Business Analysis

Office of the Medicaid Inspector General

Carlos J. Cardona, Information Technology Specialist 4 (DATABASE)

New York State Thruway Authority

Ken Zalewski, Director of E-Government Infrastructure

New York State Senate

Mary Lou Malinowski, Director, Welfare Management Systems (WMS) Statewide Systems

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

The Center for Digital Government ( is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The Center is a division of e.Republic, Inc., ( the nation‘s leading publishing, research, event, and new media company focused on information technology for the state/local government and education sectors.


Janet Grenslitt

Surveys and Awards Director

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