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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archive Press Releases > 2009 Archives > April 2009 > Mayor Brown Announces Further City Government Transparency

Mayor Brown Announces Further City Government Transparency

Contact: Peter Cutler
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Honors Pledge from State of the City to Post City Employee Titles and Salaries on City Website; Buffalo Is First City in State Outside New York City to Make Such Information Available Online

Click here to view City Employee Titles and Salaries
Updated on April 26, 2011

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that he has fulfilled the pledge he made in the 2009 State of The City Address by posting online city employee names, job titles and base salaries for their respective positions. At the close of each city fiscal year, the posted list of employee salaries will be updated to reflect any overtime accrued by an individual employee during the specific fiscal year.

“On January 29th when I delivered the annual State of the City address, I said that I would further my commitment to a transparent and open city government by posting city employees’ names, titles and salaries on the city’s website,” said Mayor Brown. “Now, because of this action, the City of Buffalo is the only city in the state outside New York City that makes this information available on the internet.”

The list includes all city employees that work in departments that report directly to the Mayor’s Office. The initial posting, therefore, does not include city employees from the Common Council, the City Comptroller’s office or the Buffalo Public Schools. Mayor Brown sent a correspondence today to the leaders of each of those entities encouraging them to post their employees’ title and salary information on the city website.

“My commitment has always been to a more open and transparent city government, including my Administration’s implementation of the CitiStat Buffalo program , the development of the city’s 311 Call and resolution Center, my Administration’s Bringing City Hall to the Neighborhoods meetings and the Citizen’s Participation Academy, which provides city residents with an opportunity to learn firsthand how city government functions,” said Mayor Brown. “I will continue to pursue policies and programs that further open city government to our residents.”

By implementing this and other related policies, as well as supporting New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s Project Sunlight initiative (http://www.sunlightny.org) and the Empire Center for New York State Policy’s See ThroughNY (http://www.seethroughny.net), both of which provide online information about all aspects of government-related matters, including government employee salaries on the See ThroughNY website, the Brown Administration is making government at all levels more accessible to our constituents.