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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

News to Use: New York City Government Payroll, FOIL, PERB, Budget, and more

Now, everything would be fine if only the people of our government would replace random and arbitrary actions with due process, justice, accountability and sum, follow the law and implement it fairly.
What's New
January 6, 2009

The New York City government payroll — consisting of more than 425,000 full- and part-time employees — is now available on SeeThroughNY.

This site also includes the names, salaries and job titles of more than 263,000 employees of New York's state government and of 19 public authorities. Other SeeThroughNY databases include:

• teacher and superintendent
contracts for the state's 733
school districts and BOCES
• legislative expenditure
reports; and
• state legislative member-item

A Window on Your Money

Welcome to SeeThroughNY – giving New Yorkers a clearer view of how their state and local tax dollars are spent. This site is sponsored by the Empire Center for New York State Policy, part of the non-partisan and non-profit Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.

SeeThroughNY is a web portal -- and more. It's designed to become the hub of a statewide network through which taxpayers can share, analyze and compare data from counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts and public authorities throughout New York.

The information of this website comes from official government sources, but the Empire Center cannot guarantee data accuracy or completeness.

Click the buttons below to search government payrolls, contracts, expenditures, and links to additional information and supporting material on other websites.

Payrolls Contracts Expenditures Other Data

NYS Committee on Open Government
All you need to know about New York's Freedom of Information Law and Open Meetings Law

Project Sunlight
Searchable information related to campaign finance, legislation, lobbying activity and recipients of state government contracts, including legislative "member items" - sponsored by the state Attorney General

Open Book New York
A current database of all active state government contracts for goods and services, along with summary information on state agency spending -- sponsored by the state comptroller

Governor's Office of Employee Relations
Includes current collective bargaining agreements with unions representing state government employees

NYS Division of the Budget
Includes all state budget documents, financial plan reports and related legislation

NYS Department of Civil Service
Includes state government work rules and job postings

Public Employment Relations Board
Includes summaries of board rulings in labor mediation and arbitration cases.