Monthly Archives: March 2013

NY Breaks New Ground with State-Local Open Data Partnership

From Governor Cuomo’s recent executive order on open data: Opportunity for Localities to Participate.  Localities are invited, and are encouraged, to submit data to the Open Data Website for publication in accordance with guidelines set forth in the Open Data Handbook.  ITS shall assist localities so they may use the Open Data Website.  Such assistance […]

Big Nitty Gritty Transparency Step for NYC: First city to report payments to subcontractors

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comptroller John C. Liu and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that New York City will become the first municipality in the country to establish a comprehensive subcontracting database and publicly report payments made by prime contractors to subcontractors, which will greatly enhance the City’s – and the public’s – ability […]

Cuomo Orders State Agencies to Open-Up Data

Congratulations to Governor Cuomo and his staff for his March 11th Executive Order instructing state agencies and authorities controlled by the governor  to “Use technology to promote transparency, improve government performance, and enhance citizen engagement” via a new open data initiative and website.  The Order has a terrific statement of principals in its “Whereas” section, […]

Open NY Expands to 69 Localities Sharing Open Data

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 64 more local governments across the state have signed up to share their data on, a new and comprehensive data transparency website – just three days after its launch at the start of Sunshine Week, a national initiative designed to raise awareness about the importance of open […]

Reinvent Albany Cheers Open NY / NY State Open Data Launch

Today in Albany, Governor Cuomo launched New York State’s Open Data Portal. Reinvent Albany applauded the launch as a major — and very positive — first step towards vastly increasing the amount of state and local government data that is available to New Yorkers. According to Reinvent Albany executive director, and NYC Transparency Working Group […]

Gotham Gazette: Technology is Opening Government

From David King in this morning’s Gotham Gazette, Technology Helping to Pry Open Government: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to unveil a major open data initiatives as early as this week — Sunshine Week — coming on the heels of the announcement earlier this year, a portal that allows citizens to look up the state’s finances. […]

Applause for Smart Civic Tech In Gov. Cuomo’s SAGE Commission Report

The final report from Governor Cuomo’s SAGE commission includes an impressive number of initiatives that harness Information Technology to improve how the state delivers services, increases accountability and transparency, and boosts efficiency. Overall, the report shows that the governor’s senior policymakers grasp the potential of Information Technology to transform state government, and vastly improve how […]

Money in Politics, March 1 Edition

Qualcomm Discloses Political Spending New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, manager and trustee of the state retirement fund, has dropped a lawsuit against wireless tech giant Qualcomm following the company’s decision to disclose its political expenditures. Under a new policy released by Qualcomm, it will post its contributions to political candidates, parties, trade organizations and 501(c)(4) organizations for each […]