Let the Sunshine In
by Buck Quigley - posted 1:20 pm, April 9, 2009
Check out the updated SunlightNY.com Web site.
No, it’s not as danceable as the soundtrack from the musical Hair, but it marks another step in NYS efforts to make public information more accessible to everyone.
You can search for records on all kinds of public things.
Click here to see information about Mayor Brown’s Fund to Advance Buffalo, for example. That’s the 501c3 funded by proceeds from tickets sold to the State of the City address.
From there, you can click on the original source link, where you gain access to more than just the tax forms for the organization. Did you know, for example, that they received a notice of incomplete filing from the Charities Bureau of the NYS Office of the Attorney General dated July 18, 2008? Or that they do their banking with Greater Buffalo Savings Bank?
You could call for further comment from them if you like. If you look through the documents, you’ll discover that one contact number for the organization is Mayor Brown’s office, one number is Dana Bobinchek’s cell phone, still another puts you through to the offices of Hodgson Russ.
Hmm. I wonder why the Buffalo Public Schools Foundation doesn’t turn up in a records search of the Charities Bureau of the NYS Office of the Attorney General?