Press Release

Press Release # 003
Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Annual Program Recognizes Organizations Making Best Use of Technology

ACCESS NYC, an online resource providing New Yorkers a single point of entry to City, State, and Federal human service benefit programs through the City's official Web site,, was recognized yesterday with an International Data Group 2007 “InfoWorld 100” Award.  The annual awards honor IT projects that demonstrate the most creative use of cutting-edge technologies to further their organization's business goals.  The award jointly recognized Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs and Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Paul J. Cosgrave for implementing the system.

“ACCESS NYC provides City residents with benefit information in one place,” said Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs.  “The development of ACCESS NYC truly has been a collaborative effort among policy and technology experts, and I share this award with the City, State, and Federal agencies that partnered with us to develop this Web site.”

“While the thousands of New Yorkers already helped through ACCESS NYC is reward in itself, I'm honored to have it recognized as one of this year's InfoWorld 100” said DoITT Commissioner Paul Cosgrave.  “By providing information on and screening for nearly three-dozen programs in seven languages, ACCESS NYC continues to deliver for the people who need it most by making their interaction with government a seamless, positive customer experience.”

Launched by Mayor Bloomberg in October 2006, ACCESS NYC provides New Yorkers with greater, more streamlined access to 35 different programs in seven different languages.  By entering household information into the site at, residents can receive a list of the programs for which they are potentially eligible, print partially-complete application forms, search for office locations, and create an account to have their information available for review and use at a later time.  Nearly 145,000 New Yorkers have utilized ACCESS NYC to date, about 2,500 of whom have created accounts on the system.

ACCESS NYC furthers Mayor Bloomberg's legacy of increased accessibility of City government, along with such transformative innovations as the 311 Customer Service Center and the New York City Wireless Network.  DoITT works to transform the way the City interacts with its residents, businesses, visitors, and employees by leveraging technology to improve services and increase transparency, accountability, and accessibility across all agencies.


Nicholas Sbordone (212) 788-6602