New York State IT Leaders and Agencies Honored

Sept. 20, 2011 – e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government honored top technology leaders and teams from state agencies and local governments as recipients of its esteemed Best of New York awards. The annual awards recognize contributions, best practices, and works of distinction in information technology.

“Innovative ideas are only part of the picture in improving government processes,” said Center Executive Vice President Cathilea Robinett. “The real story lies with the determined individuals who drive initiatives with clear leadership and the agency employees who work tirelessly to provide constituents with services that improve their lives. The Center is proud to honor the New York agencies that are leading by example and demonstrating how technology – combined with a passion for progress – can dramatically improve government processes at a lower cost. Congratulations to the winners!”


Demonstrated Leadership in Management of Information Technology

David Gardam, Chief Information Officer, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Management

Steven Harte, Associate Commissioner, Wireless Technologies, New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications

Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs

  • Secure Offender Network Law Library Automation Project, NYS Departments of Corrections and Community Supervision
  • NYS Collections Optimization Project, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance

Best Application Serving the Public

  • Online Registration for H1N1 Community-based Vaccination Clinics, Albany County Department of Health
  • OCFS Child Care Time and Attendance Application, NYS Office of Children and Family Services
  • Enhancing the Public Meeting Process for the Town of Southampton
  • WebAddressChange, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles

Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations

  • MyDMV and DMV Registration Authority Services for NY.GOV ID Accounts, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
  • NYS Medicaid Expenditure Forecasting Database, NYS Division of the Budget
  • NYePAY – Electronic Benefits Payment System, NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Best In-House Developed Application

CIO/OFT Reverse Auction System (RAS), NYS Chief Information Officer/Office for Technology

Most Innovative Use of Technology

  • OTDA Mobile-optimized Website, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
  • Land Mobile Radio Internet Protocol System, New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and Fire Department City of New York

Green IT Award

Greening DMV, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles

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, a national publishing, event and research company focused on smart media for public sector innovation.


Janet Grenslitt

Surveys and Awards Director