Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced the launch of open.ny.gov, a state data transparency web site that is intended to provide one-stop access to data from New York State agencies and local governments.  He also issued an executive order requiring state agencies to catalogue data and take steps to make it public through the new web site. (The site was first announced in February.)

The state has also invited local governments to participate in the initiative, and will provide assistance to any local government that wants to take part.

We are supportive of increasing transparency in government, because it allows the public to keep an eye on where their tax dollars are going.  I highly recommend that you check out this new resource, and use it keep an eye on Albany.  Better yet, encourage your local governments to participate as well, so you can keep an eye on their spending, too.