Empire Star Public Service Award

TOP Empire Star Public Service Award

Promoting Professional Development in State Government

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New York State government is comprised of a diverse and dedicated workforce of remarkable men and women who provide invaluable services to millions of their fellow New Yorkers every day. 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 go above and beyond during unforeseen circumstances and emergencies.

The Empire Star Public Service Award will not only recognize individual contributions to building a better New York, but support them as they continue to develop as professionals with a $5,000 professional development scholarship.

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

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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 Public Employees

Selection Process

Individuals may nominate a State employee serving in the Executive Branch filling out an online nomination.

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