The new site, laws.council.nyc.gov, lets users sign up for tailored email notifications about specific issues, individual Council Members, or meetings. It obtains its data directly from the Council’s legislative API, which was released publicly last month, and provides information that is refreshed every 15 minutes.
The Council is collecting user feedback about the project, which can be sent via social media or to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Council’s previous legislative portal remains active.
Through Council 2.0, the technology roadmap that was called for in 2014 rules reform, Speaker Mark-Viverito has created a new Council website, integrated data visualizations for land use, budget, and other policy priorities, and launched innovation tools for community and ethnic media.
The new platform is adapted from NYC Councilmatic.org, an open-source project founded by the Participatory Politics Foundation that was originally developed at Code for America.