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Politico City to publish film permit information on open data portal by Miranda Neubauer

City to publish film permit information on open data portal

City film permitting data will soon be available on the open data portal, a spokeswoman for the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment said Thursday.

Associate commissioner Connie Ress' statement came a day after WNYC published anarticle and map of TV shoots across the city from November 2011 to July 2015 using data from the administration in response to a FOIL request. WNYC also published the underlying data to the programming platform Github, including data for feature film and news show permits.

Councilman Ben Kallos had also introduced aseparate bill on behalf of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer that would require production permits to be made available online and searchable by community board district.

Last April, Reinvent Albany and other groups wrote a letter to the city again requesting the publication of the film shoots data on the portal, citing significant interest from hearing attendees in having more advance notice and in the data.

Politico City working on online voter registration pilot by Miranda Neubauer

City working on online voter registration pilot

One of the bills introduced by Councilman Ben Kallos, the committee chair, would require the Department of Education, which is already under a requirement to provide voter registration information to graduating seniors, to receive such material from the Board of Elections in other languages, based on schools' student population.