NYPD Promises More Transparency on TrafficStat

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Features, Government Operations, Latest, News, News & Features, Technology, Transportation

As part of his continued push to increase transparency in the New York Police Department, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced on Tuesday that the department will open up TrafficStat to more city agencies. The reforms are aimed at meeting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities. TrafficStat was created in 1998 using the same model as CompStat, which tracks a wide range of crime statistics, including murder rates, shootings and rapes in a particular precinct, all of… [More]

Upload of Student Data Delayed Again

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Education, Features, Heard Around Town, News, Technology

State Education Commissioner Dr. John King The state’s upload of sensitive data to inBloom is being delayed again, Education Department Commissioner John King announced Monday, marking the second delay since January. “We’re going to continue our work on that data project, but we’re going to delay the sharing of names and addresses so that we can work with the Legislature to put in place additional security and privacy protections related to third party providers,” King said during a press conference primarily to announce Common Core adjustments… [More]

New York City’s Data is Open—But Not Always Accessible

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Government Operations, Latest, News, Technology

It appeared the fight for government data was won on Feb. 29, 2012 when then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the historic Open Data Policy into effect. But nearly two years later, the battle still rages on. The Open Data law was groundbreaking, forcing a flood of data that was once locked in city databases on to a government-sponsored portal that is free for anyone to access online. But as advocacy groups and city officials begin to use the data, it is… [More]

At Bloomberg’s CityLab Summit, Mayoral Nominees Offer Few Innovative Ideas

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, News & Features, Technology

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s CityLab summit on “Urban Solutions to Global Challenges” was designed to get city leaders, planners, scholars, architects and artists from all over the world in one room for a symposium on urban ideas. Tuesday’s closing session showcased the two men hoping to replace Bloomberg, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota, giving the candidates a platform to offer an “innovative” vision for the city. Instead, both de Blasio and Lhota largely hewed closely to the policy ideas and… [More]

Has Anything Changed? A Year After Sandy, Are We Ready for the Next Big Storm?

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Energy, Environment, Government Operations, Public Safety, Technology, Transportation

In June Mayor Bloomberg’s office released a $19.5 billion plan with over 250 recommendations for preparing the city in the face of climate change and severe storms. The proposals included building a giant levee to protect Lower Manhattan, creating wetlands along the East River and erecting floodgates along Staten Island. But measures like these would take years to implement. So with hurricane season again upon us, how is New York better equipped to handle the next natural disaster that could… [More]

Inside the Capitol: The Governor’s Next Adirondack Challenge

Written by Susan Arbetter on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Environment, Features, Opinion, Technology

The natural beauty of the Adirondack Park is one of the region’s assets. (Photos: Susan Arbetter) It was Monday. Vacation was over. After pancakes with maple syrup at Chrissy’s Diner in Indian Lake, I walked outside to wait for my husband to unlock the car. We were headed south to Albany. I was depressed. An older man with a cell phone to his ear was standing by the door of the restaurant. He said, “I can tell you’re not from… [More]

Expert Roundtable: Technology and Telecommunications

Written by City & State on . Posted in Technology

Rahul Merchant New York City’s Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer Q: What role is your office playing in making sure New York City is prepared for future storms? RM: As part of Mayor Bloomberg’s comprehensive plan for rebuilding and resiliency, DoITT [Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications] will look to establish the city’s new Planning and Resiliency Office (PRO) to foster more strategic communications with telecommunications providers,and to provide additional monitoring of their efforts to modernize and improve the… [More]

Scorecard: Technology and Telecommunications

Written by City & State on . Posted in Technology

The Players The City In the Cuomo administration, Brian Digman is the chief information officer and director of the Office of Information Technology Services. Digman, who was named by Government Technology Magazine as the state’s CIO of the year in 2012, has taken steps to streamline and consolidate state IT functions and make government more transparent.In the Legislature, state Sen. George Maziarz chairs the telecommunications committee and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo is the chair of her house’s commission on science and… [More]

Communication Breakdown: Improving Cell Phone Infrastructure Post-Sandy

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in Environment, Technology

People in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, without power because of Superstorm Sandy, waited for a chance to charge their mobile phones on an available generator setup on a sidewalk. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) In the early morning hours of Oct. 30, 2012, the basement at 104 Broad Street was filling up with water. As the building, a major switching center for Verizon in Lower Manhattan, lost its power, copper cables integral to its operations were submerged in salt water. The center… [More]