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New online tool promotes ‘open government’

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is launching “New York Open Government,” an expansion of his office’s Project Sunlight website.

The new site ( helps voters, the media and government watchdogs hold state government accountable by providing the public with comprehensive, up-to-date and user-friendly information on campaign contributions, lobbying, and state contracts.

“Secrecy breeds corruption, while transparency generates confidence,” Schneiderman said in a release. “New York Open Government will help the public keep an eye on what their government is doing in order to deter corruption and increase confidence in the public sector. This site is a one-stop-shop for New Yorkers demanding up-to-date and comprehensive information about their government.”

New York Open Government allows users to search across multiple databases and display results on one screen. Users can also tailor searches with multiple criteria to easily find what they’re looking for. Data will be frequently updated, and new features will encourage users to share information from the database through social media programs.