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Cuomo Calls For New Policy After Criticism Of Email Purges

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a new email retention policy for state leaders following criticism of his administration's practice of purging emails after 90 days. The Democratic governor's policy concerned government watchdogs and some lawmakers who said it was an affront to government transparency.

On Friday several good-government groups urged Cuomo to issue an executive order requiring emails to be kept for seven years.  Cuomo's top spokeswoman says the administration would work with other state leaders to create new, uniform retention standards.

Cuomo's office had said the existing policy dated back to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, but Cuomo recently expanded it to other state agencies. Cuomo had a similar policy when he was attorney general.

Current Attorney General Eric Schneiderman suspended that policy this week.

(C) 2015 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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