Empire Star Public Service Award

Empire Star Public Service Award

Promoting Professional Development in State Government

New York State government is comprised of a diverse and dedicated workforce of remarkable individuals who provide valuable services to millions of their fellow New Yorkers. While every employee’s contribution is important and appreciated, many individual contributors often stand out by exceeding what is expected of them in their day-to-day work, and by going above and beyond during unforeseen circumstances and emergencies.

The Empire Star Public Service Award not only recognizes individual contributions to building a better New York, but supports New York State employees as they continue to develop as professionals with a $5,000 professional development award.

From our first responders to our nurses, engineers, research scientists, plow drivers, corrections officers and more - State government is privileged to rely on many of the best and brightest professionals New York State has to offer.

See the recipients of the first round of the Empire Star Public Service Awards.

Working for the People

Award Criteria

Leadership and Exemplary Service
Hardworking individuals who make meaningful contributions to State government.
Ongoing Commitment to Excellence
Serves as a model for all public employees and enhances the quality of life for New Yorkers.
Concern for Public Trust
Demonstrates dedication to serving New Yorkers with the highest level of performance, integrity and pride.

Recognizing the Important Work of New York State Employees

Selection Process

To be eligible for consideration of an Empire Star Public Service Award, applicants must be a current New York State employee serving in the Executive Branch.

Get Involved

Contact the Empire Star Public Service Award staff.