Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
October 1, 2012

STATEMENTS OF CHIEF POLICY ADVISOR FEINBLATT AND CHIEF INFORMATION AND INNOVATION OFFICER MERCHANT ON NEW YORK CITY'S PARTICIPATION IN CODE FOR AMERICA'S 2013 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

New York is One of Nine Cities Selected for Program that Connects Highly Skilled Information and Technology Professionals with Local Governments for One-Year Fellowships 

Statement of Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt:

“New York City has long been at the forefront of using data and technology to direct public resources more effectively and deliver services more efficiently. We are proud to partner with Code for America, the Arnold Foundation and the Blue Ridge Foundation to announce the next chapter in this effort – a new project to ensure that judges and attorneys in the City’s courtrooms receive the most complete real-time criminal justice information. We know that more and quicker information will help ensure decisions in New York City courtrooms are made more swiftly, more justly and with more certainty.”

Statement of Chief Information & Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant:

“Among the most important lessons in technology, and government, is that there’s no monopoly on good ideas. By pursuing new and innovative forms of civic engagement for creative solutions from some of the great minds in the technology field – like we’ve done with NYC BigApps and various other open data initiatives, and as exemplified here by our selection for the prestigious Code for America Fellowship Program – New York City continues to fashion its reputation as the leading 21st century digital city. And beyond New York, we’re hopeful this partnership can result in an open-source tool that’s replicable in cities across the country.”

About Code for America’s 2013 Fellowship Program

New York City was one of nine cities selected for the 2013 Class of Code For America – a public service organization that connects highly skilled information and technology professionals with local governments for one-year fellowships to develop tools to make government more open, responsive and efficient. Over the next year, New York will have three Fellows working with staff of the Mayor’s Chief Policy Advisor and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications designing a new system to provide criminal justice information to judges and attorneys in criminal court, helping to inform decision making on release, bail, sentencing and suitability for alternative to detention and alternative to incarceration programs. The project is made possible, in part, with grants from the Arnold Foundation and the Blue Ridge Foundation.

CONTACT: 
John J. McCarthy
(212) 788-2958

Nick Sbordone (DoITT)
(212) 788-6602