Monday, May 11, 2015

OPEN NEW YORK: The State Data Transparency Website

In 2013, Governor Cuomo launched Open New York,, a state data transparency website that provides user-friendly, one-stop access to data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. The website classifies the data resources into ten categories: economic development, education, energy and environment, government and finance, health, human services, public safety, recreation, transparency, and transportation. Each area has maps as well as raw data you can access. For example, below is a map of licensed day care provides in the Ilion-Mohawk-Herkimer portion of the valley.

On the actual map, you can click any of the blue dots to see the name and contact information about the provider. Click the image to enlarge it.


Below are 10 examples of what you can find available through the Economic Development section:

1. Retail Food Stores which are licensed by the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

2. Current Employment Statistics: Beginning 1990, reflecting jobs by "place of work."

3. Jobs By Industry: Donut Chart, based upon an economic profile created for the 10 Empire State Development (ESD) economic development regions.

4. Farmers Markets in New York State Map. In the past decade the number of farmers markets in New York State has grown at a rapid rate. The dataset published on the Department website contains information detailing the time and location of community farmers markets as well as the name and phone number of the market manager.

5. Broadband Availability By Municipality
. New York State has just completed a broadband mapping program as part of the national broadband mapping program funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the US Department of Commerce. Information about the availability of high-speed Internet services, commonly called Broadband, was collected from broadband provider companies regarding the technology type and speed of services offered. The data was updated every six months for five years, and is shown on the NYS Broadband Map at as well as the National Broadband Map at The data on the map depicts broadband availability at the Census Block level. This table summarizes the information for each municipality (town, city, village, Indian Reservation) in New York State.

6. Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries Map. Liquor Authority quarterly list of all active licensees in NYS filtered by Winery and Brewery specific License Types.

7. State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA) Loans Purchased: Beginning 2004. The data set includes raw data on all the loans purchased by SONYMA since January 2004. Users can use the data to get information on the types of loans we are making (loan amount, loan type, term, loan-to-value, with or without down payment assistance), when the loans were made (purchase date), where the loans are being made (county), and what property types (# of units, construction status, property type).

8. City of Albany Vacant Building Inventory: 2013. Since January 2012, the Division of Buildings & Regulatory Compliance has created a living database documenting vacant buildings in the City of Albany. To create this database, the Division reconciled the Division of Building and Codes Vacant Building Registry with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Vacant Building Database.

9. Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Quarterly Data: Beginning 2000 The QCEW program (also known as ES-202) collects employment and wage data from employers covered by New York State's Unemployment Insurance (UI) Law. This program is a cooperative program with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. QCEW data encompass approximately 97 percent of New York's nonfarm employment, providing a virtual census of employees and their wages as well as the most complete universe of employment and wage data, by industry, at the State, regional and county levels. "Covered" employment refers broadly to both private-sector employees as well as state, county, and municipal government employees insured under the New York State Unemployment Insurance (UI) Act.

10. Manufactured Home Park Registrations captures the park name, address, and county in which a manufactured home park is located; the number of site capacity and number of occupied sites; and the name and contact number for the park owner/operator. New York State Homes and Community Renewal’s (HCR) Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) oversees the registration of these parks in accordance with NYS Real Property Law Section 233 sub-section (v.) which requires owners of manufactured home parks with three or more homes register their park with DHCR.