NY group begins posting data on government spending online


MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A non-partisan New York organization that advocates for transparency in government says it will begin posting the spending records of local municipalities online.

Reclaim New York officials say the information comes from hundreds of requests for records under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.

The database will include county, city, town, school district, and village expenditure records. Most of the information comes from Long Island governments, but Executive Director Brandon Muir says the goal is to expand statewide.

He says the information will allow taxpayers to see how their money is being spent.

It is modeled on the Ohio Checkbook program. A national public interest group recently ranked Ohio first for state government fiscal transparency.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel attended Thursday’s press conference on Long Island and applauded the effort.

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