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The City Record newspaper has documented NYC politics for more than 100 years. Now, its contents — procurements, notices, public hearings and more — are going online in the form of a fully searchable database.

In conjunction with the city’s Open Data portal, users will now have easy access to hundreds of thousands of city documents, and even be able to subscribe to email data updates. The new tool is in accordance with 2014’s Local Law 38, which was created to increase transparency in the city.The newly expanded City Record Online also includes schedules for public hearings, land-sales and contract awards.

The database will let users search:

(1) Contract notices and awards for $1.2 billion of goods and services that are procured by the City each year.

(2) Schedules for 750+ Public Hearings and Meetings each year, covering neighborhood issues such as zoning changes, liquor licenses, and sidewalk café applications.

(3) Regulatory changes for 95 City Agencies, Boards and Commissions, including topics related to schools, land use, small businesses, and more.

(4) Hiring notices and other changes in City personnel.

Mayor de Blasio said that the expansion will help NYC residents gain a deeper knowledge of the inner workings of the city.

“The City Record newspaper has carried the important notices of City business for more than a century.  Now New Yorkers will have full access to this information at their fingertips – making it easier to learn about contracting opportunities, public hearings and more,” he said. “My administration strives to make it simpler than ever for all New Yorkers to connect with City government.”  

BuzzBuzzHome recently reported on city agency progress in NYC Open Data, discovering that transit organizations lag in the release of city data while the Department of Education leads. Housing agencies were in the middle of the pack. This release is a win for public data advocates as it guarantees the immediate publication of city data.

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