In conjunction with his budget address, Gov. Cuomo announced the launch of openbudget.ny.gov, a web site that provides public access to current and historical state budget information. The site includes a number of analytical tools, and allows data to be downloaded in a number of formats.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“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.  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.”

The Empire Center for New York State Policy, a Manhattan-based think tank, has a similar set of tools available to the public on the SeeThroughNY web site.