Monthly Archives: November 2014

Mayor de Blasio Should Release DataBridge: Other Half of 311 Data

At the November 18th hearing of the NYC Council’s Committee on Technology, Reinvent Albany called for the publication of “end to end” 311 data via the opening of the city’s Databridge system. Databridge tracks agency responses to 311 service requests, and is essentially the other half of 311 data. Currently, the public can only see […]

Albany Law Event Highlights FOIL Opportunities

Albany Law School recently hosted FOIL at 40: Looking Back, Looking Forward, a discussion about the New York State Freedom of Information Law and its origin, implementation, and future. The five-member panel was moderated by The Capitol Pressroom’s Susan Arbetter, and included: Tim Hoefer, Empire Center Peter Henner, Committee Member, NYCLU Camille Jobin-Davis, NYS Committee […]

Joint Statement on Today’s Passage of Port Authority Reform Bills

Today, we applaud the New Jersey Assembly for voting in favor of two reform bills that would significantly improve public disclosure and accountability at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey: S2181/A3417 and S2183/A3350. Both bills have now cleared the New Jersey Legislature, as well as both houses of the New York State […]

85% of NY Local Govt Websites Get “F”

A stunning 85% of the 500 New York State local government websites rated by the Empire Center got an “F” for failing to provide basic information and being hard to use. The poor grades look especially grim when you consider that Empire Center looked only at websites belonging to the largest and most well funded […]

Exactly How Low Was NYS Voter Turnout?

Experts say that comparing who voted with who is registered is more accurate than who with who is eligible to vote. But let’s look at both. November 5, 2014 NYS general election 3.6 million New Yorkers voted. (Source: Associated Press.) 32.5% of registered voters voted. (3.6m voting / 10.9 active registered voters. Source: NYS BOE stats.) […]