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A couple of months ago we posted a demo video of our paperless hearing calendar or “digital bulletin board” in its beta phase. After some adjustments to the UI and updates to the functionality, we’re proud to release the first iteration of the final product!

These monitors are bigger, brighter and better than the previous version on a small personal tablet.


Last month we launched the prototype demo of our new digital bulletin board as part of a green paperless initiative!

Presently, when hearings are deferred or there are updates to the agenda, time, location, etc., paper copies of the amendments are printed and distributed to City Hall and several floors at 250 Broadway. The idea to have a paperless solution has been in the works for a long time, but only now did we have ability to push this project forward.


New City Council Website

Big news! Today we launched the new City Council website. The redesigned website is more user friendly, interactive, and transparent and will help strengthen engagement with diverse New Yorkers.

While the domain remains the same ——, the site adopts the design of the previous experimental site Council Labs, created with the aim of increasing accessibility and transparency about the Council’s work.


Budget Explorer

Let’s face it, the New York City budget is complex. We set out to make the budget a little clearer with a new Budget Explorer for the NYC Expense Budget.

New York City’s Expense Budget determines recurring expenses and contracts, such as teachers in our schools, the electricity at local senior centers, and maintenance of city parks.


Today, the City Council held its first paperless Stated full Council meeting! This pilot is meant to find ways for the Council to streamline its operations, reduce paper waste, and improve how legislation is written.

Speaker @MMViverito and Council Members go paperless at stated meeting today at City Hall. With @MicrosoftNY Surface tablets.


Today, we convened voices from diverse communities at Civic Hall to develop best practices for the Council’s public tech initiatives at the Council’s first #Tech4All Digital Inclusion Summit.

The Summit, which took place at Civic Hall, and subsequent discussions, will inform the development of the Council’s best practices around digital inclusion, which is at the core of “Council 2.0” – a roadmap for engagement and open government,” presented in April.


Introducing Council 2.0

Read the full report (PDF) and the press release.

Today, the Council released Council 2.0, a technology roadmap to increase transparency, accountability, and inclusion for our constituents.

Council 2.0 includes this new website, an integration of more open-source tools, and steps to meet people where they are (on the platforms they’re already using) so that we become more open and digitally responsive to the people we are entrusted to serve.