New York State Government: New Database Details Business Before Agencies, Authorities
On July 26, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a new searchable database containing detailed views of the people and organizations that appear before the state government on non-legislative issues is fully operational.
The Project Sunlight database, a crucial component of the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, was developed by the Office of General Service in consultation with several state agencies including the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. The site has been collecting and organizing data since January 1, 2013 and in the almost eight months since its launch, has documented meetings from more than 75 state agencies, authorities, public benefit corporations and both the State and City University of New York systems.
“My administration is committed to increasing transparency in state government,” Cuomo said. “This Project Sunlight database is another important step to that end.”
The website is a searchable database that displays the location of the meeting, the businesses or entities involved, along with the city the business operates out of, and the names of all people in attendance — or those scheduled to attend.
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