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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on Member Item Transparency

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio wants the City Council to post all their requests for "member items" to his office's Open Government NYC website.  Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Forum, joins him to talk about the web's role in making government more transparent.

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Bill de Blasio and Andrew Rasiej
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Comments [4]

milna from w englewood nj

Mr. DiBlasio's comment that "expenses came in a PDF format, not as a searchable document":
FYI, text documents written to acrobat to be PDFs are indeed searchable and can be tested by trying to highlight and copy a phrase or two.
PDFs that are bitmapped images of type (and therefore not searchable) usually display a hand icon as you skim over the page.

Apr. 28 2010 11:11 AM
Adele Cohen from Brooklyn

No elected official should be allowed to use his or her member money to fund any 501 (c) (3) in which he or she or any family member has an interest, including sitting on the board.

Adele Cohen
former Member of the Assembly - 46th District

Apr. 28 2010 10:56 AM
John from Staten Island

Why not just eliminate the Office of the Borough President. You can redeploy the staff to work in the 311 system. Possibly NYC could have a Borough Manager with professional staff of ten people like engineers and planners as opposed to political appointees.

Apr. 28 2010 10:51 AM

since the public advocate doesn't really do anything, how would de Blasio feel about running the 311 system? it's a great asset for the people of the city.

Apr. 28 2010 10:48 AM

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