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THE_MESSAGE, BetaNYC’s experimental newsletter #2014_37

Editor’s note – We’re experimenting with the creation of a monthly or weekly newsletter. Give us feedback on our Facebook group. -=-== THE_MESSAGE for 8 Sept 2014 ==-=- Here’s all the news fit to scan! #. VIDEO – BetaTalk – The future of NY State’s Open Government #. At this…

RFCI on BetaNYC’s 2014-2015 Diversity and Desires Report

Last week, we launched a campaign to broaden BetaNYC’s leadership. (Note – applications are open till Sunday night.) This week, we take another step into collaborative organizational goal setting. As Noel said at Personal Democracy forum, “to be a community of the people, we need all the people!” For the…

Help lead @BetaNYC & build a #SafeSpace for neighbors & government to collaborate.

BetaNYC was founded to be a communal safe space for neighbors and government to solve problems. Since 2009, we have matured this idea and have continued to expand our ability to build a city for the people, by the people, for the 21st century. Now, in our 5th year, we…

Canarsie Tops List of Most Flooded Neighborhoods According to ClaimStat Data

Canarsie Tops List of Most Flooded Neighborhoods According to ClaimStat Data iquantny: In a quest to do for claims against the city what Crime Stat did for crime, Scott Stringer recently released ClaimStat. It maps out claims against the city, including the date of occurrence, type of claim, location and amount…

Ariel Kennan on innovation within government

On August 27, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

Ariel Kennan on innovation within government Government is full of people who are incredibly well intentioned and who want to improve our cities. But sometimes I think public servants get held back by the larger systems of government, like procurement, human resources, and technology delivery. I’m really interested in how…

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On August 22, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

the aspiration of a well-run city should not be to hold claims even but to shrink them. And, at a time when anecdotes and rampant theorizing are fueling furious debates over police crime-fighting strategies, it seems beyond arguing that the more actual information, independently examined and publicly available, the better….

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On August 20, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

“What was the decision process to make the parcel data publicly available? B. Bartlett: It was a confluence of several factors. A key one was that our staff was responding to increasing numbers of FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) requests for the data; also we’ve had a push at the…

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On August 18, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

Before community activists can tackle issues like income inequality, residential segregation and environmental racism, they first have to identify the extent of the problem they hope to address and the scope of its impact on stakeholders. While the federal government is good at compiling a variety of demographic data for…

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On August 12, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

This is a fascinating look into the legalization of marijuana in New York City. R/GA take a look at the City’s ‪#‎OpenData‬ and compares it to Washington State’s strict guidelines on dispensaries. By the NY State law, only 20 dispensaries can open in the state. Using a tight formula, there…

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On August 8, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn) just introduced a bill to make courts across the state collect, track and release summons data to the public. Bratton’s hiding broken-windows data  – NY Daily News GO JOE, GO!!