Governor Launches Open Budget NY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of OpenBudget.ny.gov, a new website that provides unprecedented access and transparency to New York’s budget. Open Budget’s easy-to-use tools, charts, and information are available to the public today in coordination with the Governor’s Executive Budget address.

Open Budget is a first step in Open New York, an initiative outlined in the Governor’s 2013 State of the State address, which will use technology to promote transparency, improve government performance, and enhance citizen engagement.

“Open Budget is bringing the people back into government by taking budget data out of government file cabinets and making it available to the public for the first time in an easy-to-access, downloadable form. This will facilitate research, analysis, and innovation,” Governor Cuomo said. “As a first step in my Open New York initiative, Open Budget provides a powerful tool for transparency and accountability, fostering citizen engagement and enhancing the public’s trust in government.”

New York City Launches Checkbook 2.0

NYC Checkbook 2.0

In a press release today, NYC Comptroller John Liu announced the update of the city’s financial transparency platform, now called Checkbook 2.0:

“Checkbook NYC 2.0 is probably the most powerful fiscal transparency website in the United States, maybe the world. It’s a civic-technology home run for New Yorkers,” said John Kaehny, Co-Chair of the NYC Transparency Working Group and Executive Director of Reinvent Albany. “It hugely increases the usefulness of the City’s Financial Management System to watchdog groups and journalists, and allows the public to cast an independent eye on City spending. And, hugely to the Comptroller’s credit, Checkbook NYC 2.0 will be open source – which means governments and transparency groups across the country can reuse it to shine a light on their own city or state.”