Category: Demystify Government


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.

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As we continue to build our online presence, one challenge we are faced with is learning how to refine our identity and apply it cohesively to all of our work. We developed a brand guide to act as a central location where we house a live inventory of brand guidelines, assets, UI components, code snippets, developer guidelines, and more.

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New Videos

We created a new page where all of our videos live! Now you can easily find the most up to date videos created by the Council Labs team.

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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. pic.twitter.com/LDAKSzwN4k

— NYC Council (@NYCCouncil) October 27, 2016

We began the integration of Microsoft Surface tablets into the Council’s Stated meeting as a means of testing how technology can help Members view or easily search documents, reduce the use of volumes of paper and the preparation time involved with copying and distribution, and modernize the way the Council conducts its business.

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This dataset comes from CouncilStat, an application used by many Council district offices to enter and track constituent issues that can range from affordable housing, to potholes and pedestrian safety.

Explore the Data

We’re committed to using data and working with civic technologists to advance policies, services and the way the Council interacts with constituents. Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito spoke about the need to think differently and critically about data at the recent NYC School of Data Conference.

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Demystifying Zoning

We worked with the City Council’s Land Use Division to demystify the rezoning process of the Mayor’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) & Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA).

Our explaner has become the authority on what this rezoning means for New Yorkers, what process is, and how residents can get involved.

For the first time, @NYCCouncil will be taking your questions live during a City Council hearing.

We’re going social for our @IDNYC oversight hearing at 10:45am! Watch LIVE https://t.co/MMP1jeOdGf & send us your questions w/ #MyIDNYC!

— NYC Council (@NYCCouncil) December 15, 2015

Council social media guru @jazminchavez works Twitter during @IDNYC hearing #MyIDNYC pic.twitter.com/lVkzbLEBTL

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