Nominations are now being accepted for the Empire Star Public Service Award, which is a a $5,000 professional development scholarship program for New York State employees working in the Executive branch. The award recognizes exemplary state government employees from all ten regions of New York. According to a news release nominations are being accepted for those who have distinguished themselves through their dedication to serve the public with a high level of performance, integrity, and pride. Nominations must be submitted no later than December 15. CLICK HERE to nominate someone.