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For Immediate Release: 9/22/2017

Janine Kava | janine.kava@dcjs.ny.gov
Justin Mason | justin.mason@dcjs.ny.gov 
Press Office, Division of Criminal Justice Services | (518) 457-8828

Michael C. Green receives the Hugh L. Carey Leadership Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship

Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services presented with honor at the annual New York Digital Government Summit

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Michael C. Green, left, receives the award from Kevin Carey, one of Governor Carey's sons, during a reception at The State Room in Albany on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.

Michael C. Green, executive deputy commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, has been presented with the Hugh L. Carey Leadership Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship for his commitment to innovation and dedication to government service. Green received the award yesterday from the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology at a reception in Albany during the New York State Digital Government Summit.

The award, created in memory of the state’s 51st Governor, recognizes and honors a New Yorker who, through commitment to public service, has demonstrated leadership, dedication and guidance to improve the future well-being of all New Yorkers by opening doors to innovations. The summit is sponsored by the Center for Digital Government and Government Technology in partnership with New York State. Kevin Carey, one of Governor Carey’s sons, presented Green with the award.

Green has led the Division of Criminal Justice Services since March 2012. He joined the state after a 25-year career as a prosecutor in Monroe County, which included serving two terms as the county’s elected district attorney.

“While I am truly honored to receive this award, I know that it recognizes more than just the work I do,” Green said. “The work we accomplish every day at the Division of Criminal Justice Services is the result of the collective efforts of more than 400 professionals who are dedicated to the agency’s mission to enhance public safety by providing resources and services that inform decision making and improve the quality of the criminal justice system. Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo and in collaboration with criminal justice professionals across the state, we have made tremendous strides to improve the fairness, transparency and effectiveness of our criminal justice system.”

New York Chief Information Officer Bob Samson nominated Green for the award. “Executive Deputy Commissioner Green is a dedicated public servant who cares deeply about ensuring the safety and security of all New Yorkers,” Samson said. “His success has been built on his strength of character and commitment to do what’s right. His ability to lead from the front pushes his team forward to serve criminal justice stakeholders with the same passion and enthusiasm that he brings to his job every day.  I congratulate him on receiving this prestigious award.”

During his tenure at the Division of Criminal Justice Services, Green has embraced technology, partnerships and collaboration to make the agency and its local law enforcement partners more effective and efficient; fostered employee engagement and connection to the agency’s mission; reinforced the importance of decision-making based on data and other metrics; and implemented the use of evidence-based strategies and proven practices by agencies and organizations that receive grant funding administered by the agency for their work. Key agency accomplishments include:

  • Expansion of the Crime Analysis Center network that the Division of Criminal Justice Services supports in partnership with local law enforcement agencies in 16 counties from Western New York and the North Country to the Capital Region and Southern Tier. The eight Centers are staffed by crime analysts and other law enforcement professionals who provide analysis and investigative support to police and prosecutors so they can more effectively investigate cases and solve, reduce and prevent crime.
  • Implementation of cost-benefit analysis to guide alternatives-to-incarceration funding decisions through the state’s participation in Results First, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • Recognition by the Albany Times Union as a 2017 Top Workplace. The Division of Criminal Justice Services ranked first among the five employers in the “Large Company” category (400-plus employees). A total of 50 businesses throughout the Capital Region received the Top Workplace distinction.

This is the seventh year that the Carey award has been presented. Nonie Manion, executive deputy commissioner of the state’s Department of Taxation and Finance, received the award last year. Other past recipients are: Sheila J. Poole in 2015, Thomas H. Mattox in 2014, Fran Reiter in 2013, Nirav R. Shah in 2012, and RoAnn M. Destito in 2011.

The Division of Criminal Justice Services (www.criminaljustice.ny.gov) has a variety of responsibilities, including law enforcement training; collection and analysis of statewide crime data; maintenance of criminal history information and fingerprint files; administrative oversight of the state’s DNA databank, in partnership with the New York State Police; funding and oversight of probation and community correction programs; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry.

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