New York’s best and brightest government leaders, agencies and departments received high honors at the 2013 Best of New York Awards during GTC East in Albany, N.Y.

The awards were presented by e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and Government Technology, in partnership with the state of New York.

The annual Best of New York Awards program recognizes state and local government and education organizations for their outstanding contributions, best practices and works of distinction in information technology.

Public-sector leaders and agencies were recognized for their leadership and excellence in creating tech-savvy applications that promote transparency, efficiencies and citizen engagement.

“The state of New York is leading the way with technology innovation in open data, transparency and shared services,” said Todd Sander, executive director of the Center for Digital Government. “The Center is pleased to give these efforts the credit they deserve and congratulates all the winners.”

The winners are selected by a panel of state and local government chief information officers based on a set of criteria, including collaboration between agencies, innovative use of technology, energy sustainability, and benefits and improvement of services to citizens and government employees.

Congratulations to the 2013 Best of New York Award Winners:

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Management

Carol Hirsch, New York State Health Alert Network Coordinator

NYS Office of Information Technology Services/ Health Research Inc.

Best Application Serving the Public

Electronic Voter Registration Application

NYS Department of Motor Vehicles

Best Application Serving the Public

Open.ny.gov - New York State Open Data Portal

NYS Office of Information Technology Services

Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs

Sales Tax Web File and Processing System

NYS Department of Taxation & Finance

Best In-House Developed Application

Integrated NY SAFE Act Reporting System

NYS Office for Information Technology Services/ NYS Office of Mental Health

Best In-House Developed Application

Electronic Recording of Land Records

Westchester County Clerk

Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations

Cooperative Technology – Improving Service through Shared Infrastructure

Digital Towpath Cooperative

Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations

New York State Justice Center IT Implementation

NYS Office of Information Technology Services

Best Mobile/Wireless Project

NYC DOT Superstorm Sandy Responsive Web App – Interactive Map of Damages

Additionally, 33 Outstanding IT Service and Support Awards 

Were presented to those dedicated to New York public service:

Behavioral Health Cluster, NYS ITS: Joseph Miller, Diane Sheridan

City of Binghamton: Information Management Project Team

Environment and Energy Cluster, NYS ITS: Daniel Skelton, Valerie Moore

FRG Cluster, NYS ITS: David Mitchell, David Roberts

General Government IT Resource Management, NYS ITS: Tom Doyle, Michelle Schultz

Health Cluster, NYS ITS: Yiwei Chen, Kimberly Cornick, Christopher Ford, Corey Lamica, Antoinette Liebener. Jeremy Redmond, Joel Rubin, Kimberly Vining

HSC Business Solutions – OTDA: Dawn Dayton

Human Resources, NYS ITS:  Janet Manning

ITS Enterprise Operations, NYS ITS: Kevin Ross

NYS Board of Elections: Hope Hardwick

NYS Division of Budget: Grants Reform Team

NYS Education Department: Steven White

NYS Office of the State Comptroller: Karen Taylor

Office of the CTO- Data Center Technologies, NYS ITS: Rajiv Rao

Office of the CTO-Web Technologies, NYS ITS: Luke Charde

Public Safety Cluster, NYS ITS: Chris DeSain, Jeff Langella, Linda McNeal, Chris Murray; Lynn Rosenzweig

TED Cluster, NYS ITS: Michael Roberts, Mark Whyte

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, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on the state and local government market and education.

For the story on the winners see http://www.govtech.com/computing/2013-Best-of-New-York.html.

For more information, please contact:

Janet Grenslitt

Surveys and Awards Director

jgrenslitt@centerdigitalgov.com