Angelo “Tony” Riddick

GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year

As New York’s CIO, Angelo “Tony” Riddick spent much of his first year-plus in Albany overseeing the rollout of and revisions to Excelsior Pass, the state’s COVID-19 vaccine passport. Making it compatible with records from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was a “major accomplishment,” the 30-year Army veteran says. Meanwhile, he continues to lead an IT workforce of 3,100 employees, responsible for tasks like equipping a massive state workforce now on a hybrid schedule and building out a new cybersecurity operations center that opened in Brooklyn last fall. “I have a dedicated force…that simply knows how to get the job done,” he says.

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed was the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He wrote extensively about ransomware, election security and the federal government’s role in assisting states and cities with information security.

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