The recently revamped website for the state Senate was honored last week as the best legislative website in the country at the National Conference of State Legislatures annual summit.

“We re-launched a more modern and interactive Senate website last year so legislators could listen and respond to their constituents in a number of new ways, and do their jobs even more effectively,” said Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan.

“This groundbreaking tool for democracy has succeeded in getting New Yorkers more involved and more invested in all aspects of their state government. I am proud of the work we are doing in the Senate, and I’m glad we’re leading the way and setting a high standard for other legislatures to follow.”

The website was overhauled last year in a more mobile tablet-friendly format, with large icons and an increase use of video. The website also allows for real-time tracking of the status of bills and allow constituents to provide direct feedback.

“The Senate brought democracy to the people millennium-style. Our best-in-the-nation website increases transparency, and allows New Yorkers to participate in government from their home computers or even from their smart phones,” said Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference. “It’s helped legislators better understand what their constituents want, and helped constituents understand the way the legislative process works. I’m proud that the New York State Senate won the 2016 Online Democracy Award, once again showing that New York always leads the way in the nation.”