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Stringer Sides With de Blasio
April 29th, 2010

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer just announced he is joining Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s open government initiative, which has quickly become a so-called source of contention between the newly minted advocate and Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

De Blasio announced his open government Web site, which tracks nonprofits who apply for council discretionary funding, in February and called for council members to voluntarily release their member item applications. So far, only five members have complied.

Stringer is the first borough wide official to sign on.

Reportedly, Quinn thinks de Blasio is circumventing her own transparency plans at the council, and she is now preparing to release her own initiative. That announcement is expected any day now.

The de Blasio-Stringer release is after the jump.

Here it is:

Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer today announced that he is pleased to collaborate with Public Advocate de Blasios Open Government NYC initiative by having his website, which posts the Borough Presidents expense funding, also made available on the Open Government site.

Open Government NYC is a website designed to give New Yorkers easy access to the functions of government, including how elected officials spend discretionary funds. Currently the website includes member item applications from several members of the City Council, a list of the Public Advocates meetings with registered lobbyists and in the coming weeks will link to the Borough Needs page on Borough President Stringers website featuring that offices expense funding.

Ive always adhered to the utmost transparency in my grantmaking process, said Borough President Stringer. New Yorkers have the right to know how their tax money is being spent and Manhattan non-profits are better served when the decision-making process is made in the light of day.

I applaud Borough President Scott Stringer for establishing a new level of transparency, said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Through Open Government NYC my office will continue to push for all parts of City Government to be more open and accessible to the public.

The Manhattan Borough Presidents Office already posts the beneficiaries of its Borough Needs program online, along with a list of all programmatic grants made by the office. The Borough Presidents website also includes a description of what types of programs and which organizations are eligible to apply for grants. For fiscal year 2011, the Borough Presidents Office will for the first time include a list of organizations that applied for funding as well.

By on April 29, 2010, 4:44 pm
In category: City Hall,Electoral Politics,Eye Opener,Gotham City,Governing,Law,Measuring UP,nextNY | 1 Comment »

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