WHITE PLAINS – For the fifth consecutive year, Westchester County has been named one of the top 10 digital counties in the United States by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACO).
“This award recognizes how the hardworking employees in our Information Technology department are leveraging technology every day to deliver critical services and improve the lives of our residents,” said County Executive Robert Astorino. “I’m very glad to hear that Westchester County is once again a leader in its field, from cybersecurity to social media.”
Westchester has been named a top 10 digital county for 12 of the past 15 years thanks to the county’s focus on cost-saving initiatives, efficiencies, and shared services.
Successful initiatives over the last year include:
Redesigning an entirely mobile-responsive county website that receives over 2,000,000 hits (on average) per month.
First-of-its-kind video conferencing solution that provides the County Jail with a virtual visitation system, which was recognized with the prestigious “CIO100 Award” in 2016.
Implementation of additional shared services to benefit municipalities, including 3D spatial modeling and access to cybersecurity products.
Launch of an expanded version of the Westchester County Vendor Portal, a web-based software system that supports and streamlines the activities related to vendor contract processing.
“For Westchester, this means strategic investments in a world-class telecommunications network, advanced applications and solutions to streamline the delivery of government services, and collaboration with local municipalities,” said John McCaffrey, Westchester’s Chief Information Officer. In addition to the county receiving the prestigious honor, McCaffrey was named one of Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2017.