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On September 14, 2013, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

It will cost around $13 million to do a runoff election for public advocate, an office with an annual budget of $2 million. Meaning it would be around a third of the cost to declare both candidates public advocate and fund each of them as usual. If you consider one…

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On September 13, 2013, Posted by , In Blog, By , , With No Comments

The Open Data 500 will be the first comprehensive census of U.S.-based companies using government data to develop new products and services. The goal of the Open Data 500 is to understand how companies use open government data in their business, how it can be made more useful, and how…

E-ZPasses Get Read All Over New York (Not Just At Toll Booths) – Forbes

On September 13, 2013, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

E-ZPasses Get Read All Over New York (Not Just At Toll Booths) – Forbes It would be great to have this as a public data set!

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On September 13, 2013, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

I wanted to understand why these problems happen, so last week I decided to train to become a poll worker. It was a wild ride. When the lever breaks | The New York World

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On September 13, 2013, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

At Code for America, the concept of safe-spaces is a necessity. We’re committed to building apps that are “by the people, and for the people” and we recognize that in order to do that, we need to make room for every single person. We must honor each others experiences and…

The fate of Open Government in New York City

On September 12, 2013, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,,,, , With No Comments

Since 2008, we have seen several Chief Executives elected who have favorable opinions toward innovation in Government. What if that was not the case? What if you had a thriving Open Government / Civic Tech community and somehow a Chief Executive or Legislative body did not want to continue its…

Some BetaNYC housekeeping – Purpose, Values, Goals, Mission, and Tools

On September 5, 2013, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Happy end of Summer… It has been six hot months since we changed our name. In that time, we’ve been ironing out an updated to our Purpose, Values, Goals, Mission, and Tools. For now, this is the language we are working with. If you would like to add your comments…

Hello BetaNYC’s Facebook Group

On September 5, 2013, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Hello BetaNYC’s Facebook Group Thanks to Chris Whong, we now have a Facebook group. It is a bit experimental, but should compliment our Meetup Discussion Group quite well.

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On September 4, 2013, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

Moving from potholes to policies requires more than technical fixes or killer apps. But as we build and use these technologies around principles like these, we are starting to see better results in solving seemingly intractable civic problems, and people are starting to believe that peer-produced governance is actually possible….

Notes from the field: BetaNYC’s PLUTO Hacknights | Code for America

On August 29, 2013, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

Notes from the field: BetaNYC’s PLUTO Hacknights | Code for America Looking for NYC’s civic hackers PLUTO tools, check out this recap of our month to PLUTO.