A city councilman wants to shed some light on obscure government notices.
Under legislation to be introduced by Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), the city would be required to post all government notices on its website — from announcements of a community board meeting to an application for a new sidewalk cafe.
“There’s literally hundreds and hundreds of places where the government has to make a public notice — but nobody knows what the government is doing, because the public notice requirements are so arcane,” said Kallos, chairman of the government operations committee.
“We can save a lot of paper and money and increase transparency,” he said.
The notices are physically posted in public buildings or published in the back pages of newspapers.
Another bill would require all records that the law says must be kept for public inspection to be posted online.
That would cover such documents as city contracts with private vendors and applications by developers for zoning changes.
This sounds like good government, commonsense legislation. Which is why it will probably die in committee.