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NY Governor's Office Changes Tune On Email Policy

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration is ending its practice of automatically deleting emails after 90 days following criticism that it was an affront to open government. 

The administration announced the change Friday at a meeting with representatives of the state comptroller and attorney general.

Under the new policy, administration staffers will manually delete emails as they choose, though emails containing certain records will be retained for longer.

Friday's meeting was prompted by criticism of the old policy. Cuomo's office also wanted to discuss closing a loophole that largely exempts legislators from open records laws.

Legislative leaders ignored the invitation, a decision that top Cuomo aide William Mulrow says amounted to a "boycott."

Cuomo's administration plans to submit a bill to make the Legislature fully compliant with open records laws.

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