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Sami Naim, Mayor's Office

Sami Naim, Mayor's Office

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Published by: NYC Council Tech in Govn't Committee on May 28, 2010
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TESTIMONYOF
SAMINAIM,ASSISTANT
COUNSELOR
TO
THE
MAYOR,
ON
INTRO.
NO.
991
BEFORETHE
NEW
YORKCITYCOUNCILCOMMITTEE
ON
TECHNOLOGY
INGOVERNMENT
CONCERNING
OPEN
DATA
STANDARDS
JUNE
29,
2009Good
afternoonChairBrewer
and
members
ofthe
Committee.
I
am
Sarni
Naim,AssistantCounselor
to
MayorMichael
R.
Bloomberg,
and
am
here
to
testifyon
behalf
of
theAdministrationonIntro
991
.
Joiningmetoday
is
ArielDvorkin,
Special
Assistant
for
Policy
andGovernance.
Transparency
and
accountabilityhave
been
thecornerstones
of
theBloombergAdministrationsinceday
one.
Indeed,
overthe
lastseven
years,
wehaveworkedhard
to
provideNew
Yorkers
with
the
informationtheyneed
to
holdtheirgovernment
accountable.
Afew
recentexamples
include:
.
NYC
Stimulus
Tracker.
A
new
tool
that
allows
citizens
to
trackhowtheCity
is
using
funds
that
stemfrom
the
federal
AinericanRecovery
and
Reinvestment
Act.
Thewebsite
enables
thepublic
tosee
whatprojects
are
beingpaidforwith.stimulus
dollars,
when
the
contracts
for
theseprojects
are
approved,
and
whichcontractors
are
involved.
.
NYCityMap.
Aninteractivemap
feature
that
allows
users
to
search
by
any
address,intersection,
communitydistrict
or
City
Council
district
as
well
as
by
hundreds
ofplace
names
and
toad d
desiredlayers
atop
these
chosenlocations,
such
as
aerial
photos
of
the
City,
building
and
propertyinformation,poii
site
locations,
census
data,
neighborhood
health
profiles
and
statistics,
restaurantinspectioninformation,locations
of
educationalfacilities,lo cations
of
transportation
hubs,
and
much
more.
.
Citywide
Performance
Reporting.
A
revolutionaryonline
tool
that
gives
New
Yorkers
access
tocritical
performancemeasures
from
morethan
40
City
agencies
inan
easy-to-understand
snapshot
format.
CPR
was
recentlynominated
for
a
prestigiousInnovationinGovernment
Award”
from
theJohn
F.
Kennedy
School
of
Government
at
Harvard
University.
.
eSubmit.
A
newprogram
offered
by
the
Department
of
Buildings
that
allows
developers
to
submit
required
items
and
supportingdocuments
electronically,
facilitatingpublicreview
of
constructionprojects
in
neighborhoods
acrossthe
five
boroughs.
.
ARIS
Parent
Link.
A
Department
of
Educationservicethatwe
are
developingwhich
will
allow
every
parent
or
guardian
of
a
student
attendingpublic
school
to
track
their
childs
current
and
past
academicperformance.
And
just
this
morningMayorBloombergannounced
five
technologyinitiatives
to
improve
accessibility,transparency,
and
accountability
in
City
government.
One
ofthe
initiativesthatwe
are
particularly
excitedabout
is
“NYC
Big
Apps,
the
City’s
first
annual
softwarecompetition,whichwe
 
and
itis
unclearwhetherplacingthemonlinewould
make
them
of
anymoreinterest
to
the
public.
Therefore,
it
would
seem
not
to
justify
theextremeexpense
of
doing
so.
Of
course,
moving
forward,
as
we
develop
new
recordretention
strategies,
opportunities
to
make
new
dataavailable
can
behar nessed
in
a
morecost-effective
manner.Indeed,
NYCBig
Apps
is
thebeginning
ofthis
kind
offorward
thinking.Accordingly,
while
we
agreewith
thespirit
and
intent
of
Intro
991
,
wecannot
support
it
forthe
operational
and
fiscal
impacts
it
would
impose.
Thankyou
for
allowingme
totestify,
and
I
wouldbehappy
to
answer
any
questions
you
mayhave.

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