Monthly Archives: March 2015

Advocates Applaud NYC Department of Records Publications Portal

Today, the New York City Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) launched its new portal for government records. City agencies are required to provide copies of their reports and official documents to DORIS. Until recently, most agencies were providing these reports on paper. Now, every agency provides their records to DORIS in a digital […]

Poll: “Overwhelming” Number of New Yorkers Want State Emails Saved

Today, a Siena College poll of New York State found that most New Yorkers are aware of Governor Cuomo’s email policy, and Siena’s press release further notes that “by an overwhelming margin, 80-16 percent, voters say state emails should be retained significantly longer than 90 days, including more than three-quarters of voters from every region, […]

Roundup of Albany Ethics Reforms

The Albany Times-Union’s Rick Karlin and Matthew Hamilton have compiled a list of the various ethics proposals kicking around Albany. We’ve reprinted it below. The ethics package outlined by the governor and Assembly speaker Wednesday incorporates just some of this year’s the ethics reform proposals. Here’s a look at what various lawmakers and groups are […]

Group Statement: Ethics Proposal by Governor and Speaker is an Improvement Over Status Quo

Good Government Groups See Agreement That Still Leaves Much Unfinished Reform on the Table The ethics measures advanced by the Governor and Speaker are an improvement over the status quo – stronger and more complete disclosure of outside income, pension forfeiture risks for all public officials convicted of corruption, per diem reform with verification, and […]

Cuomo’s 90 Day Email Retention Policy is New, Not a Continuation

You can download this post as a PDF. The NY Times reports that Governor Cuomo’s 90-day automatic deletion of emails is a mere leftover from previous administrations. It’s not true. This email deletion policy was implemented in June 2013, and the State’s own memos prove it. In June 2013, Karen Geduldig, General Counsel of the […]

Jimmy Vielkind talks Email Destruction on WNYC

Today, Capital New York’s Jimmy Vielkind appeared on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, to discuss New York State’s email destruction policy. The show covered many of the potential problems with aggressive deletion of emails. Listen below:

New York State Risks Sanctions for Deleting Government Emails

New York State’s policy of deleting emails after 90 days has been around for years, but it’s making news this week because all state agencies have completed their transition to one centralized email system. Even though this system provides enough storage for many decades of email for each user, emails are disappearing. Reinvent Albany is one […]