The Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties have named Westchester County one of the top 10 digital counties in the United States for the fourth consecutive year.
“This award recognizes how the hardworking employees in our IT department are leveraging technology every day to deliver critical services and improve the lives of our residents,” said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “It is nice to know that Westchester County is a leader in its field, from cybersecurity to social media.”
The county has been named a top 10 digital county for 11 of the past 14 years.
“The programs and achievements of the Department of Information Technology would never have been possible without the vision of county leaders who understand that innovation is central to running an effective 21st century local government,” said John McCaffrey, Westchester’s chief information officer. “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.”
Successful initiatives over the last year include improving cybersecurity, increasing accessibility, consolidating resources and expanding web-based services.
Westchester is also leading discussions with other counties over considering a "software as a service" repository to warehouse applications developed in-house so they can be shared throughout the state securely and efficiently.