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September 23, 2008



Webcast for Today, September 23

DiNapoli to Open the Books on Spending
for 3,100 Local Governments for Past Decade

Open Book New York Gives Public Unprecedented Access to
State and Local Government Spending

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will unveil how much New York’s local governments have spent and taken in for more than a decade at a press conference today where he will be joined by local government leaders, civic organizations and government watchdogs. The data will be included in Open Book New York, an easy-to-use Web site that provides the public with access to how government is spending tax dollars.

The data includes revenue and expenditure information for 3,100 local governments, broken down by cities, counties, fire districts, schools, towns and villages from 1996-2006. Users can drill down to retrieve additional information on each category of revenue and expense for an individual local government or for an entire class of local government (e.g., all cities).

DiNapoli launched Open Book New York in June. The site also contains searchable databases of spending for more than 100 state agencies and more than 60,000 state contracts.

What: DiNapoli unveils finances for 3,100 local governments in Open Book New York.
When: Today, Tuesday, September 23, 10:30 a.m
Webcast: The event will be streamed LIVE on the Internet at 10:30 a.m.

To access the Webcast, go to

Windows Media
http://pointers.audiovideoweb.com/asxfiles-live/1c2winlive6579.asx

Real Media
http://interface.audiovideoweb.com/lnk/avwebreallivemt1076/live.rm/play

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