Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 003
Monday, April 14, 2008

DoITT COMMISSIONER COSGRAVE AND CAU COMMISSIONER PARVIZI JOIN STATEN ISLAND OFFICIALS AT LAUNCH OF NEW COMMUNITY BOARD 1 WEBSITE

Redesigned Site Will Give Easier Access to Information and Events
For Staten Island’s North Shore Community

Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Paul J. Cosgrave and Community Affairs Unit (CAU) Commissioner Nazli Parvizi today unveiled Staten Island Community Board 1's newly-designed website on NYC.gov.  Joining Commissioners Cosgrave and Parvizi at the announcement this morning at the St. George Library Center was a representative of Borough President James Molinaro, City Council Member Michael McMahon, and Community Board 1 Chair Sean Sweeney.  The site, accessible via NYC.gov at www.nyc.gov/sicb1, includes links to Staten Island and citywide elected officials and agencies, the latest local news, meetings and announcements, a photo gallery, and information about dozens of community resources, civic organizations and cultural centers.  Also directly accessible from the site is NYCityMap, which gives users information about the nearest transportation, schools, hospitals, educational facilities, resident services and more, simply by entering an address.

"DoITT has a long-standing, productive relationship with the City's Community Boards, and launch of this new website is the latest example of that collaboration," said DoITT Commissioner Paul J. Cosgrave.  "This and other technical services we provide Community Boards citywide help them serve their customers more efficiently, which in the end is a win for all New Yorkers."

"It is important that all New Yorkers remain informed on events and issues affecting their community," said Commissioner Parvizi.  "CB 1's new and improved website gives Staten Islanders in this district a way to find out what's going in the community while also making it easier for everyone to be more active and engaged community members."

"CB1 and DoITT are bringing government into the 21st Century, when more and more people are getting their information from the Internet, said Borough President James Molinaro. "Last year, my office started posting applications for Community Board members on our website to make the process easier, and it has been a great success. I applaud CB1 for working with DoITT on a redesigned website that will provide North Shore residents with easier access to news and information affecting their neighborhoods."

"The redesigned website will be a great tool to provide better services for the people of the North Shore, said Council Member Michael McMahon. "I applaud Community Board 1 for being the first to access this service DOITT is providing."

Designed by DoITT to the specifications of Staten Island Community Board 1, the new NYC.gov-hosted website allows the public to more easily access important information about the community and the activities of the community board.  Going forward, DoITT will also train the community board's staff to manage its own content on the site, and provide ongoing publishing assistance and support as necessary.  While DoITT offers redesign services to community boards across the City who request them, Community Board 1 is the first in Staten Island to take advantage of this service.

Said Chair Sweeney, "I want to thank Commissioner Cosgrave and all the people of DoITT who have made this website possible.  With your help we are now able to bring local government one step closer to the people it serves.  This website will be a wonderful tool to enhance the free exchange of ideas.  I would also like to thank Commissioner Nazli Parvizi and Victoria Larsen of Mayor Bloomberg's Community Affairs Unit for their unwavering support."

Teresa Gonzalez (CAU) (212) 788-7406
Nicolas Sbordone (DoITT) (212) 788-6602