Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 64 more local governments across the state have signed up to share their data on open.ny.gov, 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 government. With five localities already sharing data on the site, todays announcement means that 69 localities statewide have now signed up to participate in open.ny.gov.
Open.ny.gov provides user-friendly, one-stop access to data for the first time from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. It features economic development, recreation, health, and public services information in a format that is retrieved, downloaded, indexed, and searched by commonly used web search applications.
With the launch of open.ny.gov, New York State has taken another step toward greater transparency in government, Governor Cuomo said. In addition to reducing costs and housing data for localities, this website helps connect government on all levels with the people it serves. Im pleased to announce 64 additional local governments have pledged to participate in open.ny.gov, and I encourage others to join us in making government more accessible to all New Yorkers.
Open.ny.gov has been offered as a resource to localities across the state, which will give citizens unified access to government data and help local governments cut down costs and improve efficiency in addition to increasing transparency. Open.ny.gov can help local governments by fostering research, promoting informed decision-making, and enhancing collaboration based on public data. It also provides localities with increased technical capacity to make their data public. The State will provide assistance to all localities that choose to use the service.
At Mondays launch, five local governments the Counties of Essex, Oneida, Onondaga, and Suffolk as well as the City of Albany had already begun sharing their data on the website. Only three days later, an additional 15 counties, 22 cities, 25 towns, and seven villages have signed up to join open.ny.gov and share their data with the public. Following todays announcement, the state Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) will now work with the 64 new partner localities to post their data at open.ny.gov. New data will be available on a rolling basis.
Local governments interested in participating in open.ny.gov can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A list of all participating localities is below:1. Albany County2. Broome County3. Chemung County4. Clinton County5. Dutchess County6. Essex County7. Franklin County8. Oneida County9. Onondaga County10. Ontario County11. Orange County12. Nassau County13. Suffolk County14. Tompkins County15. Ulster County16. City of Albany17. City of Amsterdam18. City of Canandaigua19. City of Cortland20. City of Glen Cove21. City of Hornell22. City of Ithaca23. City of Jamestown24. City of Kingston25. City of Long Beach26. City of Middletown27. City of Mount Vernon28. City of New York29. City of Niagara Falls30. City of Norwich31. City of Olean32. City of Oswego33. City of Rochester34. City of Rome35. City of Schenectady36. City of Utica37. City of Yonkers38. Town Chesterfield 39. Town of Babylon40. Town of Brighton41. Town of Brookhaven42. Town of Chesterfield 43. Town of Chili44. Town of Colonie45. Town of East Hampton46. Town of Hamilton47. Town of Huntington48. Town of Islip49. Town of Jay50. Town of Minerva51. Town of North Hempstead52. Town of Plattsburgh53. Town of Potsdam54. Town of Ramapo55. Town of Riverhead56. Town of Salina57. Town of Smithtown58. Town of Southampton 59. Town of Tonawanda60. Town of Union61. Town of Vestal62. Town of West Seneca63. Village of Aurora64. Village of Canastota65. Village of Gouverneur66. Village of Johnson City67. Village of Massapequa Park68. Village of North Syracuse69. Village of Saranac Lake
Peter Baynes, Executive Director of New York Conference of Mayors, said, The Governors open.ny.gov website offers an abundance of valuable data from the state and federal government -- and eventually, from those local governments that choose to participate. In addition to fostering transparency, municipal officials will be able to use this data for their own research and to assist them in making informed decisions. Furthermore, allowing the public to easily access this data may reduce the time and resources currently spent on responding to requests for such information. This website is a useful tool for sharing, comparing and reviewing facts and figures from all levels of government and I encourage NYCOM members to take advantage of all it has to offer.
Gerry Geist, Executive Director of Association of Towns, said, Governor Cuomos open.ny.gov is a clearinghouse for governmental data, whether it is smart apps, agency contacts, or statistical information. It is a valuable resource for town residents and officials that will only become more important as time passes.