November 8, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has announced the integration of Microsoft Surface tablets into the Council’s Stated meeting as a means of testing how technology can help Members view or easily search documents, reduce the use of volumes of paper and the preparation time involved with copying and distribution.
Clearly the goal is to modernize the way the Council conducts its business.
Council 2.0, a roadmap for digital inclusion and open government that called for testing new ways of making the Council more accessible to diverse New Yorkers. Results from this plan include the introduction of a plain-language, mobile-friendly website, labs.council.nyc, the integration of texting in Participatory Budgeting and the release of a constituency services dataset.
“The Council must be present and engaged online, across all the platforms we find diverse New Yorkers on, and this requires us to upgrade the way we work and interact,” said Speaker Mark-Viverito. “I am thrilled with this historic effort to embed digital and environmentally-friendly practices that will allow us to be more effective policy makers and public servants, and I thank Microsoft for being such an enthusiastic technology partner.”
Microsoft loaned the Council more than 60 tablets and other equipment to pilot paperless initiatives.