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Cuomo Calls for New Email Policy for NY State Leaders

Cuomo Calls for New Email Policy for NY State Leaders

Cuomo Calls for New Email Policy for NY State Leaders

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The Democratic governor's policy concerned government watchdogs and some lawmakers who said it was an affront to government accountability.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for a new email retention policy for state leaders following criticism of his administration's practice of purging all emails after 90 days.

The Democratic governor's policy concerned government watchdogs and some lawmakers who said it was an affront to government accountability.

Cuomo's top spokeswoman said Thursday night that the governor would meet with lawmakers, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (dee-NAP'-oh-lee) to create a single retention policy for state officials.

Cuomo's office had said the retention policy dated back to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's administration, but Cuomo expanded it this year to cover other state agencies. Cuomo instituted a similar purge policy in 2007 when he was attorney general.

Schneiderman suspended the policy this week, saying he was committed to government openness.