New York City recently deployed its NYC Stimulus Tracker, an online citizen tool for tracking where money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act goes in the city and monitoring the progress of the projects.
The tracker subdivides projects into eight categories. For example, by clicking on the tracker's "Health and Social Support" category, a user can see that the city's share of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rose by $841 million due to stimulus money. After clicking on the program listing, the user also learns whether that program's execution is on time, fewer than 30 days behind schedule or more than 30 days late. In this case, it's on time. The screen also reports that more than 1.4 million citizens will be served by the SNAP expenditure.
The NYC Stimulus Tracker shows the various ways the stimulus "serves" citizens, said Marc LaVorgna, spokesman of the New York City Mayor's Office of Operations. In the case of the SNAP, the tracker shows the number of additional food stamp recipients. It also chronicles the number of jobs created or retained for infrastructure projects like the Brooklyn Bridge rehabilitation.
Many states have launched their own public-facing Web sites to track projects funded by the economic stimulus, but New York City is among the first cities to do so.
NYC Stimulus Tracker Will Add Features
The Web tool also offers a map showing citizens the various city locations that are using stimulus money. Enhancements to the map -- showing greater detail -- are forthcoming, LaVorgna said.
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