New York State Office Information Technology Services Among Winners of the 2017 Best of New York Awards

ITS Honored with Four Best of New York Awards by Center for Digital Government Technology Awards Recognize Contributions to Advancing IT Innovations in NYS
Friday, September 22, 2017


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September 22, Albany, NY - The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) today announced that they are among the winners of the 2017 Best of New York Awards. ITS received awards in four areas, two awards in Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations, Best Application Serving an Agency's Business Needs and Best Mobile/Wireless project.

In its 14th year, the Best of New York Awards program recognizes public-sector professionals and local government organizations for their dedication and contributions to advance information technology in New York State.

"Congratulations to the 2017 Best of New York awardees," said Robert H. Samson, New York State Chief Information Officer. "The teams behind these awards spend each day collaborating with our state agency clients to develop innovations that make a difference for all New Yorkers. These awards are a testament to the fresh ideas and talent currently driving ITS's efforts to help government work smarter in New York State."

"We are honored to present this year's Best of New York winners and recognize their exceptional dedication to enhancing services for New Yorkers," said Teri Takai, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Government. "New York's state and local government agencies have achieved considerable innovation this year, and we are confident the projects and individuals recognized at this summit will improve the lives of many citizens and businesses statewide."

Winners are selected based on a number of criteria, including collaboration among agencies, innovative use of technology, economic benefits and improving public services and business processes.


2017 ITS Best of New York Awardees include:

Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations for the installation of license plate readers throughout strategic locations in New York City to provide additional security capabilities. This project required ITS to collaborate with the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the New York State Police. The license plate readers quickly scan plates of cars, compare the scans to a list of interested plates, and allow law enforcement to take appropriate action if a match is found.

Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations for the WebNY web services transformation and consolidation project to create a single platform solution for all of New York State's websites, the New York State Distribution. The implementation of this common web platform seeks to improve the citizen experience and create harmony across the State's websites. This project entailed working with state agency teams to bring about a reorganization of staff from across the agency spectrum to create a centralized WebNY team to maximize the skills and talents of the workforce.

Best Application Serving an Agency's Business Needs (in partnership with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF)) for the development of an electronic payments solution for DTF. This project was truly a collaboration between DTF and ITS that transformed the electronic payment processing system. In 2016 alone, the electronic payments solution that was developed supported seamless processing of 11.2 million payment transactions totaling $86 billion.

Best Mobile/Wireless Project (in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)) for the development of the HuntFishNY mobile app in conjunction with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to aid citizens who hunt, trap and fish in New York. The app, which connects to the DEC licensing system known as DECALS, allows citizens to show DEC Environmental Conservation Officers up to date electronic copies of their licenses and to report the harvest of deer, bear and turkey while in the field.

The Best of New York Awards were presented to the awardees during the annual New York State Digital Government Summit. The Summit is hosted by the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology, in partnership with New York State.

The New York State Digital Government Summit is one of the largest technology conferences for state and local government held in New York. This year's theme, "Where Technology Meets the Business of Government" focused on how New York State can seize the opportunities and possibilities that new technologies can bring to transform the way the State does business and continue to build a customer-focused, efficient and effective government for New York.

A special awards ceremony was also held during the Summit to honor this year's recipient of the 2017 Hugh L. Carey Leadership Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship. The award, presented by the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology and New York State, was created in the memory of the late Governor Carey to recognize and honor a New Yorker who, through their commitment to public service, has demonstrated leadership, dedication and guidance to improve the future well-being of all New Yorkers by opening doors to innovations.

Michael Green, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services, received the 2017 Hugh L. Carey Leadership Award. Executive Deputy Commissioner Green was selected for his leadership to make the agency and its local law enforcement partners more effective and efficient through technology, partnerships and collaboration. He is the seventh recipient of the Hugh L. Carey Leadership Award.

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About ITS

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) was created in 2012 to transform IT services in an effort to make New York State government work smarter for its citizens and enable the state to be accessible for businesses through the use of technology. ITS provides statewide IT strategic direction, directs IT policy and delivers centralized IT products and services that support the mission of the State. ITS operates data centers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to support statewide mission-critical applications for over 50 Agencies, over 17 million citizen accounts, 120,000 employee accounts, 60,000 phones, 99,000 desktops and laptops, and 3,433 Virtual Desktop remote connections. ITS operates a secure network of over 1,600 miles of fiber to deliver telecommunications, Internet and Intranet services, enterprise email systems and support, IT training, networking, data storage and processing to State government entities in addition to developing new services in support of citizens, businesses and State Agencies.

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