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A Peek Inside New York City's Checkbook

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, July 2 2010

New York City has opened up a look inside its ledger. Checkbook NYC, released by city comptroller John Liu yesterday, sets up users to search and download some top-level details on the money spent by the city each day. Liu's office reports that some $35 billion in city spending since the first of the year is accounted for on the new site. "Placing billions of dollars in spending in one easy-to-access database was no small feat," said Liu in a release. The New York Times' Stephen Ceaser has more. And the Wall Street Journal runs the inevitable H&H Bagels query -- about $201 on doughy goodness so far this year, if you're keeping track.