New York state online grassroots democracy

New York state online grassroots democracy

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Looks like they're getting it done, despite all the drama in NY state politics.

These guys, led by New York State Senate CIO Andrew Hoppin, deserve a lot of credit, they've already done ""crowdsourcing portals" for property taxes, ethics reform and campaign finance."

More from NY Observer: Hoppin's Crew Holds On:

In fact, Mr. Hoppin and his crew have been working hard to ensure
that no matter what happens—say, if the Republicans secure control of
the Senate and replace them—they’ll have left their mark not just on
Albany, but on government in general.

The team has been focusing on a project at the heart of their
initiative called open.nysenate.gov, a data portal that makes
information like bill text, budget plans and Senators' expenditure and
funding reports more accessible to the public. They also launched a
beta version of their Open Legislation Service, a public database of
legislation searchable by bill number, sponsor, committee or keyword.
Additionally, they’re creating color-coded tagging systems within
documents for easy skimming; translating legal and political jargon
into more readable text for their Plain Language Initiative; designing
RSS feeds and alert systems for issues; and crafting both a new email
blast program and revamped intranet communication system.

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