📜 Local Legislation Watch
With the anniversary of Governor Hochul’s directive on agency transparency plans soon approaching, BetaNYC joined ReInvent Albany and other good government groups in calling on her to issue an Executive Order requiring NYS agencies to publish annual updates of their transparency plans and provide measures that allow the public to track their progress.
In August, the NYC Council passed a historic maternal health package that Mayor Adams recently signed into law. The new legislation seeks to address major disparities in maternal health across the city through education, increased transparency, and expanded access to maternal health care. Great work!
This November, these four questions will be on your ballot, including defining how we calculate the cost of living and how we spend future funds for environmental projects.
The MTA released details for congestion pricing, which resulted in a series of public hearings now available for viewing. Recently, the comment period for the proposals was extended to September 23.
The NYC Council Committee on Technology is holding a hearing on September 19, jointly with the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises, to discuss broadband and equal access to the internet.
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U.S. Digital Service released a quick guide to inclusive design. Author Suzanne Chapman emphasizes that “good design is design that works for everyone.”
The Office of the Comptroller released a dashboard about the Department of Correction, which keeps track of metrics such as staffing and jail populations, as well as service provisions. Each metric is given a threshold that states whether conditions have improved, stayed stagnant or worsened over the past month.
Colgate magazine recently interviewed Aldrin Bonilla on his role as Manhattan’s COVID Recovery Czar and his life in public service.
What Works Certification is expanding to include cities in Canada, Central America, and South America. In addition, the program recently required cities to demonstrate commitment to equitable data practices.
Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) held a workshop with researchers from academia, civil society, and journalism where they discussed access to data held by content hosts.
A coalition of NYC government agencies, researchers, communities and universities developed a free web tool that allows users to track the impacts of flooding in the City.
Code for America provided updates on their Reimagine 911 initiative, which has been evaluating and documenting the 911 systems nationwide.
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