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to the editor:

as an advocate in new york city for more than three decades, i'm often asked, "where do my tax dollars go?"

those answers can be found at the checkbook nyc website recently launched by city comptroller john liu.

checkbook nyc, an online application designed to shed sunlight on new york city's spending, is the newest tool in the comptroller's my money nyc initiative announced in march. checkbook nyc not only cracks open the books on the city's $60 billion annual expense budget, but now for the first time ever, we are able to track how much capital monies cost the city annually.

for an organization like nypirg and its straphangers campaign, whose goals include keeping the public's best interest at the forefront of civic discussions, checkbook nyc has proven to be useful. no longer do we need to make inquiries and sift through red tape in order to seek out relevant information.

this is by far the most advanced and up-to-date application i have seen.

take a visit to and see for yourself.

gene russianoff

chief spokesman, straphangers campaign, nypirg

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