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Subject: E-Update for the Committee on Technology in Government of the New
York City Council (February 16, 2007).
The following are upcoming hearings to be convened by the Committee
on Technology in Government of the New York City Council. The Committee
is chaired by Council Member Gale A. Brewer
you have any questions about the Committee's hearing schedule, please
contact Jeff Baker (jeffrey.baker-at-council.nyc.ny.us / 212-788-9193),
Counsel to the Committee on Technology in Government, or Colleen Pagter
(colleen.pagter-at-council.nyc.ny.us / 212-788-9085), Policy Analyst to the
Committee on Technology in Government. Feel free to suggest potential
hearing topics to Jeff and Colleen as well.
Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!
On Monday, February 26 at 10 AM in the 14th Floor Hearing Room of
250 Broadway, an oversight hearing will be held with the Committee on
Technology in Government on the topic of "Information Technology
Strategic Direction of the City of New York." The hearing will focus on
DOITT's recently released Information Technology Strategic Direction
The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications as well
as public interest and advocacy organizations have been invited to testify.
If you are interested in learning more about hearings to be convened
by the Committee on Technology in Government, please contact Colleen
Pagter (colleen.pagter-at-council.nyc.ny.us / 212-788-9085), Policy Analyst
to the Committee on Technology in Government.
Broadband Advisory Committee
Co-sponsored by the Office of Adolfo Carrion, the Bronx Borough
President and the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
(SoBRO), the Broadband Advisory Committee will hold its first public
hearing onMarch 30, from 9 AM - 11 AM, in the rotunda of Bronx Borough
Hall, 851 Grand Concourse . Sponsored by Council Member Gale Brewer,
Local Law 126
created the Broadband Advisory Committee to advise the Mayor and the
City Council on how bring affordable broadband to all New York City
residents, nonprofit organizations and businesses. The Advisory
Committee is comprised of 15 members -- 7 Council appointees and 8
Mayoral appointees. At the hearing, the Committee will hear testimony
from selected elected officials and policy experts. After that, the
general public is invited and encouraged to testify. The Committee
would like to hear from the public about the availability and
affordability of broadband in their neighborhoods. Additionally, we
would like to get input from the public why they use broadband and what
they use their high-speed Internet connection for. Does broadband help
your children do research on the Internet for their homework? Do you
use the Internet to find a job? If you run a small business, how does
broadband help your business reach your customers? The hearing in the
Bronx will kick-off a series of five public hearings that will be
convened in every borough of New York City. Based on these hearings and
with the help of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the
Committee will report their findings and recommendations to the Mayor
and City Council.
For about information about Local Law 126, the Committee and its
structure, and broadband policy, please contact Jeff Baker
(jeffrey.baker-at-council.nyc.ny.us / 212-788-9193), Counsel to the
Committee on Technology in Government.
For information regarding the Committee's public hearing schedule,
event details and how you might get involved in providing community
outreach, please contact Ryan Merola (ryan.merola-at-gmail.com).
If you are a member of the media and would like more information
about the Committee and/or the public hearings, please contact Bruce
Lai, (bruce.lai-at-council.nyc.ny.us), Chief of Staff to Council Member
Gale A. Brewer.
Please feel free to circulate this announcement.
Wi-Fi Hotspot Survey
Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to fill out the WiFi
Hotspot Survey that is being conducted by Laura Forlano, a graduate
student in Communications at Columbia University. With your help, Laura
has received nearly 500 responses and has decided to extend the survey
until the end of April. In addition, groups around the world in cities
including Montreal, Budapest and Berlin have expressed interest in
running the survey in their communities. If you have not yet responded
to the survey, you can take it at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=735302651119. The survey takes
about ten minutes to complete. Participants will be entered into a
drawing for an iPod, iTunes or a $300 donation to a charity of your
choice. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Laura
Forlano at wirelessinternetsurvey-at-yahoo.com
About the New York City Council's Committee on Technology in Government
The primary goals of the Committee on Technology in Government are:
(1) to expand digital equality by increasing access to broadband in
underserved communities of New York City (2) to increase the strategic
use of technology in government, thereby, increasing efficiency in
government and enhancing the quality of public services, and (3) to
promote the openness and transparency of government by making sure that
public information is accessible to every New York City resident.
Through its ability to hold oversight hearings over City agencies and
introduce and hear legislation, the Committee on Technology in
Government works to achieve its goals in partnership with the private,
public and nonprofit sectors. More information about the Committee and
the Chair of the Committee, Council Member Gale A. Brewer, can be found
at the following link:
All Committee briefing papers from the current session (beginning in
January 2004) are also available through this link. If you know of
people who would be interested in the Committee on Technology in
Government's activities, please feel free to forward this e-mail to
them. If you know of anyone who would like to receive these e-mails,
just have them e-mail me. I will put them on the list. Finally, feel
free to post this information on any list serve you may belong to or on
any website you are affiliated with. If you do not want to receive
these e-mails anymore, please e-mail me, and I will take you off the
Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our hearings!
Chief of Staff
Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer
New York City Council
250 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10007
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW PHONE NUMBERS
City Hall: 212.788.6975
District Office: 212.873.0282
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