SOURCE: e.Republic


September 06, 2012 12:00 ET

New York Technology Leaders Honored for Creative and Resourceful Ideas

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 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 and government employees.

The Governor Hugh L. Carey Leadership Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship is presented to a New York public servant who has improved the future well-being of citizens through his/her leadership, dedication and guidance.

Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., New York State Commissioner of Health, will receive this year's prestigious award. He is being honored for his dedication to initiatives that advance data collection, analysis, and access to medical care. These include an open government initiative to make select public health datasets available to the public on the state's Department of Health website, an IT initiative to make New York State a hub for high tech jobs and an initiative for standardizing the exchange of health information among public health departments, doctors and the CDC.

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

Additionally, 14 Outstanding IT Service and Support Awards were presented to those dedicated to New York public service. For these awardees, visit

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. See