New York State Senate 2.0, Continued

ALBANY—Philip Anderson, formerly a writer for the Albany Project, walked through the LCA press room this morning to meet reporters he'll be dealing with as director of new media communications.

Anderson's hire, along with those of Brian Keeler as director of communications and Andrew Hoppin as chief information officer, is part of the larger effort to bring the idea of Government 2.0 to New York. It's all of a piece with the agenda being pushed by the politically connected open-source-technology-and-transparency proselytizers Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry.

"Brian and I have known each other for years, we both know Micah and Andrew Hoppin," Anderson told me. "We do travel in the same circles. And one of the things that really appealed to me about coming to work for the State Senate is being able to implement some of the stuff we've been talking about for years."

Anderson told me he'll earn $70,000 a year in the new post.