“The New York Court of Appeals on Feb. 1 will launch a free, public online database of case documents that will make it easier for lawyers to file court papers, the court said. In a memo sent to members of the bar on Thursday, Andrew Klein, the court’s chief clerk and legal counsel, said the Public Access and Search System database, or Court-PASS, will serve as a permanent archive of all cases filed after Jan. 1. “Anyone may search or browse the Court-PASS database free of charge, and may view or download documents from every stage of the case at the Court of Appeals,” Klein wrote.”
“The state Senate quietly distributed about $15 million in aid to schools and libraries on the last day of the 2012 legislative session, boosting local technology programs and filling budget gaps in growing districts.
Individual school districts and educational programs across the state received grants ranging from a few thousand dollars to $500,000, according to a resolution passed by the Senate on June 21.”
Press Release – “Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman took another major step in his drive to bolster transparency in state government by launching “New York Open Government,” a major expansion of the office’s Project Sunlight website. The new site is designed to help 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.”
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WAMC – “Libraries across New York are being squeezed by increased demand for their services and concerns about funding. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports. Local public library systems are feeling the pinch from the slow economy. Shrinking budgets have resulted in hard decisions about trimming back hours and cutting programs. Utica Public Library Director Darby O’Brien says libraries exist to serve their local communities – which often includes people who have relocated to America from other countries.”