For over 30 years The Forum has been bringing together public and private sector IT Professionals to share knowledge and best practices in a vendor neutral, collaborative environment.

The Forum serves New York’s state and local government employees who develop, deploy, maintain, or use Information Technology; and the private sector organizations that work to meet the needs of the constantly changing public sector IT landscape.

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Public Sector

  • Build relationships with peers in state and city government as well as the private sector
  • Learn about new products, enhancements and technologies
  • Collaborate with colleagues to implement technologies and solve problems
  • Stay up-to-date on trends, opportunities and best practices

Private Sector

  • Learn about State and City IT needs and plans for the future
  • Gain feedback from some of the largest government IT organizations in the U.S.
  • Establish and nurture relationships with State and City IT professionals
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The NYS Forum encourages everyone who is interested in Information Technology in the public sector to join with their colleagues and participate in our workgroups, trainings and special events.  If you are a New York State employee or an employee in most New York City agencies, you are already a member and just have to create a Member Profile to begin taking advantage of the Forum's activities. 

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Forum Board Elects Jim Bell Chair and Benny Thottam Vice-Chair

Thanks Bob Loomis for Years of Service

During its September meeting, the Board of Directors of the NYS Forum Inc. elected new officers for the Program Year 2020-2021. Jim Bell, Director of Senate Technology Services was elected to a one-year term as Chair of the Board. In his role as Director of Technology, Mr. Bell has focused on improving access for the people of the State of New York. Some recent projects include a new citizen-focused public website, an improved constituent management system to manage casework and communications with 19 million New Yorkers and a free open data feed of state legislative activity. With more than 30 years experience in NYS government, Mr. Bell shares his wealth of knowledge through teaching, writing, public speaking and volunteering.

In addition to the election of Mr. Bell as Chair, the Board also elected Benny Thottam, Chief Information Officer at the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to serve as Vice-chair. In that role he determines the agency’s long-term technology goals and works to keep IT investments in sync with NYC’s technology strategy. Mr. Thottam came to NYC Government after ...

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The 2020 NYS Forum Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, November 24th, more than 175 government and corporate members attended The NYS Forum’s 34th Annual Membership Meeting. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the event was conducted virtually for the first time in the organization’s history. Kicking off the session, Forum Executive Director Mario Musolino welcomed the virtual attendees and provided a brief overview of the accomplishments and successes of the Forum during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. High on the list, was the rollout of a new, more interactive website, establishment of a new workgroup focused on data analytics, and increased member participation through an enhanced WebEx platform. 

With many unprecedented changes underway throughout all levels of government, attendees heard about ongoing challenges and opportunities from members of the NYS Forum Board of Directors.  Jim Bell, Chair and Director of Senate Technology Services - ‎New York State Senate, Rajiv Rao - Chief Technology Officer, NYS Information Technology Services, and Eusebio Formoso - Chief Information Officer, NYC Department of Finance all ...

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