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Re: [openny] understanding what community boards are requesting

From: Helen R.
Sent on: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:58 PM
Hi Frank,

I love your project idea--it's the tip of the iceberg for a host of budget documents from OMB that should be open and accessible to the public.

I worked at OMB for seven years and started the "budget and strategy" committee on my local community board 10 years ago--to track just this issue.

Where and when are you meeting?  You can reach me directly at [address removed]


On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM, fkh <[address removed]> wrote:
NYC's community boards annually prepare a list of capital requests in their districts. These are passed to the relevant city agency for a response.

Staff at OMB were kind enough to provide a spreadsheet version of the latest register of spending requests, in addition to the PDF that's already online.

The machine readable version makes it possible to do a couple of interesting projects:
  • a scorecard, showing how successful each board has been in getting city help for projects
  • a breakdown of the kinds of spending boards are asking for.
I think this is a fascinating topic, so I plan on working on it at the next couple of planning hack evenings (tonight + next week). Hoping others might be interested in a collaboration -- there's a lot of text data to look at, and any kind of browser tool should be very user-centric.



Frank Hebbert
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