Reinvent Albany works for open, accountable New York State government.
We welcome the announcement from the Governor’s Office that the Governor is ending the automatic deletion of emails after 90 days. Ending the policy is good, and it shows the power the governor has to lead by example to increase transparency. Unfortunately, ending the bad email deletion policy does not restore the years of records that were lost when the governor put the policy in place.
Going forward, our groups call on Governor Cuomo to lead by example on transparency by issuing an Executive Order that requires agencies to save emails for seven years – consistent with the federal “Capstone” policy. The Governor can make New York the leading state on email transparency without legislation. The White House, via the National Archives, will soon begin requiring all federal agencies to save emails for a minimum of seven years – which was done through executive action without Congress.
NY Public Interest Research Group
Participatory Politics Foundation
Common Cause NY
Environmental Advocates of New York
Pace Environmental Law Clinic
Good Jobs NY
National FOI Coalition
Tri-State Transportation Campaign