Monthly Archives: March 2016

Appointment of Ex-Cuomo Aide Further Undermines JCOPE’s Credibility as Independent, Effective Ethics Enforcer

Yesterday, the Joint Committee on Public Ethics—New York’s ethics enforcement agency—selected Seth Agata as its new executive director. We believe this is a big mistake and further undermine the credibility of an agency that has struggled to independently and effectively investigate and enforce violations of state ethics laws by the governor, legislature, state employees, and […]

Civic Groups Welcome Launch of NYC Open Records Web site

Important step towards faster, fairer FOIL responses New York City—Today, major New York City civic groups thanked Maya Wiley, Counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Commissioner Pauline Toole and her team at the NYC Department of Records, and NYC DoITT for launching the beta version of the new OpenRECORDS website. The groups say the Open […]

Reformers Call On Governor, Legislative Leaders to Hold Public Leaders’ Meetings to Openly Address State Ethics Reform

Negotiations around Laws and Rules Governing Ethical Conduct of Officials Must Be Conducted in Public View (Albany, NY) In a letter delivered today, a coalition of government reform organizations called on Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to hold a series of open public leaders’ meetings to discuss […]

Open Data’s Green, Yellow and Red Buckets

When think of government data as falling into green, yellow, and red “buckets.”  We start by encouraging government to publish all of their green bucket data. Green bucket data is obviously public and can be published with few, if any, redactions. Data in the yellow bucket might be publishable, but raise potential questions.  The red […]

NYPD Launches Compstat 2.0 Portal With Rough Edges, No Bulk Download

The NYPD’s CompStat 2.0 portal launched last week, with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton noting that “CompStat 2.0 has the ability to take … all the information, with few exceptions, that’s shared with our police officers, and now share it with both you, the media, and to the public, more importantly.” However, that’s not the case. The new […]