Information Technology and Telecommunications Committee Update

Staff Cotact: Johnny Evers
April 28, 2017

Upcoming Information Technology and Telecommunications Meeting: June 6 in Albany

The next meeting of The Business Council’s Information Technology & Telecommunication Committee will be in Albany at the Hilton Hotel on June 6. We will have a full agenda with panels and discussions focusing on the issues of cyber security and the numerous cyber and technology bills being discussed in the Legislature. With so many issues involving technology, cyber security, and the internet, this meeting will bring together all of the major players in the field for a robust discussion of what business needs to do in response to, or in conjunction with, State Government. Our key note speaker will be Matthew Millea, Executive Deputy Director New York State Office of Information Technology Services.

New State Chief Information Officer (CIO)Appointed - Robert H. Samson

On April 25, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Robert H. Samson has been appointed Chief Information Officer at the New York State Office of Information Technology Services. Mr. Samson previously worked for IBM for 36 years, including serving as the Vice President of the Worldwide Systems and Technology Group and the General Manager of IBM's Global Public Sector. Mr. Samson received a lifetime achievement award from Government VAR magazine and been named one of the 100 most influential people in the technology industry. He is the member of the SUNY Center for Technology in Government Advisory Board and the New York State SAGE Commission. The full press release is available here.

Legislative Update

For the remainder of the 2017 Legislative session there appears to be a number of bills pertaining to telecommunications, technology, privacy, and cyber security being considered by the Legislature. If member companies have specific issue with bills (support or oppose) please contact Johnny Evers  Memos that are issued will be posted on The Business Council’s Information Technology & Telecommunications committee page. To date, The Business Council has issued memos on a number of bills and is following a number of others, including: