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Rep. Steve Israel, who has long touted his use of social media and the Internet, has won a “platinum mouse” award for having the best website last year in the House of Representatives.

Ironically, that award came as Israel’s office launched a new version of his website this week — which an aide insisted is an improvement over the honored website.

The award was given Wednesday<NO1><NO> night by the nonpartisan Congressional Management Foundation, which said the Huntington Democrat’s website ranked first among 439 House websites rated by experts last year.

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“Congressman Israel’s website shows that he understands how to meet the needs of his various audiences,” said foundation executive director Beverly Bell. She said it serves as a “prime example” by being easy to use, interactive, innovative and by providing timely, pertinent content to its audience.


Congressional websites tend to be really good or really bad, the foundation said its research found, leading it to award more grades of “A” or “F” than in its previous four ratings.

Also winning top awards were Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the House Science and Technology Committee and the House Republican Conference Committee.