The governor’s office highlighted a new government transparency website Monday, offering public access to data from various state agencies, localities and the federal government.
“Open.ny.gov creates unprecedented transparency across all levels of government and gives the people user-friendly access to vast quantities of information on our State,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This new website will dramatically increase public access to one of our most valuable assets—data. As it expands and evolves over time, Open.ny.gov will spark innovation, improve efficiency, promote accountability and bring the people back into government.”
Thirty agencies are already participating, including the State University of New York and the Department of Health. The state Education Department is preparing to display data on the site.
The state will provide assistance to any locality that wants to take part.
More than 200 datasets, charts and maps are now available on the site.
“This portal represents a tremendous step forward for transparency and will unlock countless doors for making more information available to New York’s taxpayers,” Tim Hoefer, director of the Empire Center for New York State Policy.