New York Technology Leaders Honored for Creative and Resourceful Ideas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sept. 6, 2012 – e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Government Technology, in partnership with the State of New York, honored public leaders and agencies for their innovative use of technology and the improvement of services to citizens, or government employees.

The annual Best of New York awards recognizes New York’s top technology leaders and teams from state agencies and local governments for contributions, best practices and works of distinction in information technology.

“Adapting to the economy, these innovative uses of technology are designed to make New York’s government more effective and efficient,” said Todd Sander, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government.  “The Center is proud to recognize these award winners for creative technological approaches and solutions that deliver higher productivity and cost savings.”

Congratulations to the following Best of New York 2012 Award Recipients:

Demonstrated Leadership in Management of Information Technology

Jim Lieb, Director, Architecture and Web Solutions

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Management

Todd Westhuis, Acting Director, Office of Traffic Safety and Mobility

New York State Department of Transportation

Special Award for Excellence in Business and Economic Development

New York State Consolidated Funding Application

New York State Office of the Governor

Best Application Serving an Agency's Business Needs

The New York State Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS)

New York State Governor's Office of Employee Relations

Best Application Serving the Public

Suffolk County Unified Land Record Retrieval Kiosk

Suffolk County Clerk's Office

Best Application Serving the Public

New York State Tax Department Online Services Framework and Portal

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations

New York State Employment Services System (NYSESS)

NYSESS State-wide Steering Committee

Best In-House Developed Application

DASH Wireless Street Construction Inspection System

New York City Department of Transportation

Most Innovative Use of Social Media

511NY Open Data and Social Media Communication

New York State Department of Transportation

Best Mobile/Wireless Project

Mobile TC3 with Status Notifications

Tompkins Cortland Community College

Green IT Award

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure at NYS DTF

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

Outstanding IT Service and Support Awards

Recognizing the tireless work of those who work, day after day, as team members, team leads, IT project leads and managers - upholding the highest standards of public service.

Outstanding IT Service and Support Award Winners:

  • Cindy Beighey, Manager of Business Intelligence Unit, Department of Transportation
  • Barbara Burt, Information Technology Specialist II, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
  • Denise Dreany, Project Manager SLMS, Governor’s Office of Employee Relations
  • Christopher Fremgen, Information Technology Specialist-2 Programming, Workers’ Compensation Board
  • Dennis Girard, Information Technology Specialist III, Board of Elections
  • Dean Hill. Open Projects Manager, New York State Senate
  • Zabed Manir, Information Technology Specialist 4, Office of Children and Family Services
  • Gerald Michael, Information Technology Specialist 4, Department of Health
  • Sean Paterek, Information Technology Specialist 4 (Data Communications), Department of Agriculture and Markets
  • Bill Radley, ITS3 - Enterprise Content Management Administrator, Housing and Community Renewal
  • Bryan Rosecrans, Information Technology Specialist 3, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Phil Volpi, Manager IT Services, Office of Mental Health
  • David Weigel, Information Technology Specialist 4, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
  • Greg Wheeler. ITSM Program Director, Office of IT Services

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Janet Grenslitt

Surveys and Awards Director