“We want to thank Mayor Bloomberg for signing the Council’s groundbreaking Open Data Bill into law. This legislation is the most far-reaching law of its kind in the nation and establishes New York City as a leader in government transparency. Now, government data will be made available to the public in easily accessible formats that will allow anyone to access and analyze government records.

Making city data easier to find and use in meaningful ways is essential in creating a more transparent and effective government. The passage of the Open Data legislation will pave the way for exciting innovation from our tech sector and will allow those in government to better analyze information to utilize resources and improve lives.

Today is an important day not just for New York City, but for all those who know that the path to better government starts with transparency.”