Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently launched an online “Project Sunlight” database, designed to give the public an in-depth view of the individuals and entities that appear before state government on non-legislative matters.
Project Sunlight has a searchable list of meetings between government officials and individuals, entities, and their internal or external representatives.
The meetings cover issues such as state procurement, ratemaking, regulatory matters, agency-based judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings, and the adoption or repeal of rules and regulations.
Lobbying appearances related to passage of the budget or other legislation are not covered by Project Sunlight, although they are subject to regulation by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
“My administration is committed to increasing transparency in state government, and this Project Sunlight database is another important step to that end,” Governor Cuomo said.
Created under the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011, the Project Sunlight database was operational Jan. 1. Over 3,000 entries are now available for public searches.