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Re: [betaNYC] NYS Digital Roadmap: Feedback

From: Ralph Y.
Sent on: Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:50 PM
Thanks Noel!

It would be nice if we could share our responses to this survey.  The survey does not give you access to the anonymous responses.  But in the interest of open source sharing, here are my responses.  

Should we not keep a record of our requests and suggestions, because if we do not pursue them they will surely/possibly be lost. :) 

What improvements in broadband connectivity and Internet access would you like to see across NYS?

The fundamental issue is that New York State ("we") allow monopolies to control and divide and price our information highway for "profit".  This makes no sense.  Imagine if we had a tiered road system.  You have to pay more to go faster.  We would not allow it.

We as a society should invest in a non-profit community based "authority" to bring fiber gigabit speed to every individual at no cost and  also universal wifi in all cities.

If you own/run a company in NYC, what incentives would make you want to expand to a different part of NY?
ie) tax credits, community culture, affordable workspace
A progressive property tax system in New York City would be a good start.  Currently the New York State and especially New York City Class 1 property tax is regressive.  The lower market value homes pay a higher percentage.  Progressive tax is used in our income tax system.  Why do we not use a progressive tax in our Property Tax system?  See
if you split market value at $1 Million.  Then those above one million of market value have a assessed / market value ratio of 3.2% while those under $1 million have a tax ratio of 4.9% This is very regressive.  This is only for Class 1 NYC Tax Property.  The entire tax class system is unequal.  But that is a bigger issue.  Even within Class 1 tax, the system is applied unequally.

Where are areas where NY State government can improve the way it communicates and serves the public via digital technology?
"We" (New York State) should/must make all public data available in real time via application programming interfaces (preferably via a standard unified REST standard)

We also need to make the entire law process and it's revision history public.  In exactly the same way that in an open source project hosted at a source control system (e.g., github) we can see who changed what and when (and hopefully with a comment) and even better we can be collaborators in that open source project.  Because our public law is a large open source project.

How can New York State better use social media to serve constituents?
Currently Governor Cuomo is on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram @nycgovcuomo
This should be automated to distributed consistent information across all channels to allow people to choose their source of information, but not favor one channel over another.

How can NY State become more transparent?
What open data and open government initiatives would you like to see? ie) more public datasets, hackathons, data visualizations, local government data

To repeat, "We" (New York State) should/must make all public data available in real time via application programming interfaces (preferably via a standard unified REST standard)

Also the key is the data must be up to date and available via an API in a structured format,  NOT a PDF FILE!  instead JSON format

For example, in NYC 311, we should be able to see the issues posted by others (anonymously if wished by the user) 

Also this should apply to all authorities.  An example is the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey should be required to make the noise complaints for our airports in real time.

What educational programs would you recommend to better prepare NY's next generation for the digital future?
ie) STEM public education, afterschool programs, work/internship experiences

Stress the wonders of problem solving and exploration and the strength of science and the arts and the blending of the two.

How can NY State public colleges and universities work to better prepare students for working in the tech industry?
ie) StartUpNY programs in SUNY, incubators at universities, STEM scholarship program

stem scholarship is a good idea, but it should be more than just talk:  For instance, search for  "cuomo stem scholarship" and it finds "Governor Cuomo proposed providing full tuition scholarships to any SUNY or CUNY college or university to the top 10 percent of high school graduates if they pursue a STEM career and then work in New York for five years."  Where is the actual law or program?

How can we improve the user experience and utility of NY.Gov?

Make law and government and hearings and sessions and voting transparent and accessible.
For example, "participatory budgeting" should be major way we fund our communities.
Public finance of elections should be the way we fund our elections.
This can all be hosted at

On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM, Christina Cioffe <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi all,

As you may already know, Rachel Haot, NYC’s 1st Chief Digital Officer is now Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology for New York State and Governor Cuomo.  As we begin to work on projects in the State, we want to create a strategic plan for technology moving forward.  We will be creating a Digital Roadmap to showcase work that has been accomplished to date as well as collecting feedback and setting goals for the future.  As technology experts, we would love your ideas and thoughts so that we can together realize New York State’s digital potential in the areas of Internet access and Infrastructure; Open government; Tech and STEM education; Tech Industry; and Digital Engagement.  To collect your feedback, we would appreciate it if you could fill out the below survey by April 23rd

Please let me if you have any questions.

Survey link: (Please complete by April 23)

We look forward to working with you to help realize New York’s digital future.

Thank you,

Christina Cioffe

Director of Strategic Digital Projects

Office of the Governor, Executive Chamber

633 Third Avenue

New York, NY 10017


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