Empire Star Public Service Award

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About the Program
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Governor Cuomo’s Empire Star Public Service Award recognizes individuals in public service who exemplify the professional work of thousands of dedicated employees in the New York State government workforce and their efforts to enhance the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

As the highest honor a New York State employee can receive, this award will highlight the outstanding public service and accomplishments of the State government workforce throughout the ten regions of New York. Empire Star awardees will have distinguished themselves from their peers through meaningful contributions to State government, demonstrating their dedication to serve New Yorkers with the highest level of performance, integrity and pride. 

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Selection Process
Selection Process
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New York State government employees serving in the Executive Branch may be nominated by individuals by filling out an online nomination form.  Nominations are due January 31, 2018.

Individuals will be notified of their nomination. All nominees interested in applying for the award will receive an Empire Star Public Service application to be submitted for final consideration of the award. Applications are due by March 15, 2018. 

All applications will be reviewed for program eligibility and evaluated for performance and excellence.  Final selection will be made collectively by an Awards Selection Committee comprised by a panel of leaders in State government. The review process may include interviews with agency personnel to obtain additional information in support of the application.

Note: Self-nominations will not be accepted. Individuals who are nominated will be notified immediately in order to complete and submit an Empire Star Public Service application.

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Nominate a State Employee
Nominate a State Employee
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Do you know an individual serving in the Executive Branch that displays an honorable level of dedication and pride in their work or someone who has distinguished themselves from their peers through leadership and exemplary service? Nominate a New York State employee for the Empire Star Public Service Award by January 31, 2018. All nominations will remain anonymous. 

Note: Self-nominations will not be accepted.

 

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Panel Members
Panel Members
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Members of the panel include:

  • Rossana Rosado, Secretary of State
  • Lola W. Brabham, Acting Commissioner, Department of Civil Service
  • Michael N. Volforte, Director, Governor’s Office of Employee Relations
  • Robert H. Samson, Chief Information Officer of the Office of Information Technology Services
  • Eric J. Hesse, Director of the Division of Veterans' Affairs 
  • Kerry Delaney, Acting Commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office for Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
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Recognition
Recognition
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Recipients of the Empire Star Public Service Award will be publicly recognized and receive a $5,000 professional development scholarship. The scholarship can be used for continued learning and professional endeavors, including:

  • Advanced training via classroom or online courses
  • College or community college classes that will benefit them in their current public employment
  • Training materials and/or equipment to support additional professional development
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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the Empire Star Public Service Award? 

• The Empire Star Public Service Award is an employee recognition program created to publicly acknowledge and highlight the outstanding service and accomplishments that State employees make to enhance the quality of life for New Yorkers. 

• Modelled after the highly successful Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award, this award represents the highest honor a State employee can receive and includes a $5,000 professional development scholarship. 

Who is eligible for an Empire Star Public Service Award? 

• To be eligible for consideration of an Empire Star Public Service Award, nominees must be a New York State employee currently serving in the Executive Branch. Commissioners, Executive Directors, Executive Deputies and Executive Chamber Staff are not eligible for consideration.

Are there any education or professional requirements required to be eligible for the award? 

• There are no requirements regarding years of experience or level of education. As the highest recognition in State government, awardees will have distinguished themselves from their peers through commitment to building a better New York and their dedication to serving New Yorkers with a high level of performance, integrity, and pride. 

How do you submit a nomination? 

• Individuals may nominate New York State employees serving in the Executive Branch for the Empire Star Public Service Award by completing the online nomination form. No self-nominations will be accepted. Individuals who are nominated will be notified via email and asked to submit an application for final consideration. 

How will awardees ultimately be determined? 

• Reviews of all applications will initially be conducted for program eligibility. Eligible applications will then be reviewed using clear guidelines to evaluate levels of performance and excellence. The review process may include interviews with agency personnel to obtain additional information in support of the nomination. Final selection will be made collectively by the Awards Selection Committee.

Will recipients be awarded statewide or only in select cities?

• Awardees will be selected in all ten regions of the State, based upon the location of the State employees’ principle office location.

These regions consist of: 

o Western New York

o Finger Lakes

o Central New York

o Southern Tier

o Mohawk Valley

o North Country

o Capital Region

o Mid-Hudson

o New York City

o Long Island 

Are there stipulations for how the $5,000 professional development scholarship can be used? 

• Yes. The award must be used for activities that will benefit the recipient in his or her career with New York State. These activities include:  

o In-person or online courses, workshops and seminars

o Matriculation in college or community college classes

o Materials and equipment to support additional training

 

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