Public Service Scholarship
by State Records

The Public Sector in New York

The Public sector provides services to the general public that are aimed at providing and maintaining quality living standards, reducing inequality, and ensuring economic stability for residents and citizens of the state with no profit motive.

Why is the Public Sector Important?

Public service plays a vital role in the daily lives of the citizens and residents of the state of New York. Government policies on the allocation of resources to education, healthcare, social services, the environment, and other critical decisions are made and implemented by and through the public sector. It is very significant in the overall economic development of the state, collaborating with the private sector and the non-profit sector to deliver sustainable and efficient quality services that meet the needs of the general public and provide solutions to community challenges. An example is the fixed-route public transportation system in the city of Paris which was achieved through a collaborative effort between the government and the non-profit sector.

Why Should Young People Take Interest in the New York Public Sector?

  1. Ensuring Fairness. Although many young people perceive the public sector as bureaucratic and backward, it is apparent that the only way they can enforce their 14th Amendment right, especially with regards to government policy and administrative decisions that affect their community and daily lives, is by speaking to be heard or taking part in the process.

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  3. Flexible public Administration. Following due process is one of the hallmarks of the public sector which may sometimes in critical situations be perceived as rigid and resulting in unnecessary suffering. However, a flexible public administration can be influenced by individual groups, locals affected or concerned.

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  5. Fostering Government Accountability. Like many states, New York has public access to information laws including the New York Public Information Act and The Open Meeting Act, that are designed to respond to residents’ and citizens’ rights to know. New York also has the Open Reports and Publications portal for obtaining public data collected by the office of the Attorney General.

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  7. Taking up leadership. In a short foreseeable future, most of the current incumbents of public positions are bound to retire, and young people can take up those leadership roles and implement the changes they wanted to see in government, such as more public input in policy development and execution.


Why it’s important to have this generation’s college students voice out and provide their input regarding the public sector.

  1. The availability of public records and information is very crucial to a sustainable economy, public safety, access to public services, job creation, and other opportunities. It is the main tool for igniting citizen participation. Public records provide accurate and useful information to individuals, investors, government agencies, law enforcement agencies, companies, small businesses, and the press.
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  3. promotes public access to information by collecting and updating information from open state and local government sources in line with applicable information regulatory infrastructure in each state.
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  5. TThe scholarship program is aimed at inspiring strategic public engagement in young people in college. The $1,000 will be awarded to students who can demonstrate their knowledge of the Public sector and public records system in the state of New York and who can propose solutions to challenges they have identified in the system and how they intend to contribute to engaging their community in the governance process


State Records is honored to present this $1000.00 college scholarship for the 2021 school year. The application START DATE is September 1st, 2020 and the END DUE DATE is September 1st, 2021. To enter the contest, interested applicants must fill out the application form to completion. The essay must include a personal statement (clarified in the 2nd essay question). ALL sources used in the essay must have proper citation. Most preferred writing formats are MLA and APA. Your essay will contain a minimum word count of 1,000 words and a maximum of 1,500 words. Include your first and last name at the top of your document.

Before starting your essay, please familiarize yourself with public records.

Public records are created by government bodies to record incidents and events where the government’s officials and authorities became involved. This is typically associated with court records and police records, but can also include property records where a notary was needed, or vital records recording the details of a marriage. These records are public by law to ensure the transparency of the society, and can be found online, through your local municipal authority, or via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Essay Questions:1) How can society improve through the use of digital public records?2) As a public employee, how do you believe access to public records can affect you and your community.
Some topics to consider but are not limited to:
  • Public records
  • Digital police reports
  • Background checks
  • Vital records
  • Birth records
  • Death records
  • Census
  • Court records
  • City hall records
  • Marriage records
  • Divorce records