New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Considers Changing Email Deletion Policy

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29:  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attends a press conference about New York state's program to buy b
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attends a press conference about New York state's program to buy back homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and allow mother nature to reclaim the land, two years after Superstorm Sandy damaged the area, on October 29, 2014 in the Oakwood Beach neighborhood of the Staten Island Borough of New York City. Huricane Sandy was recorded as the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. It caused over $68 billion in damages, and hundreds of people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries. Today marks the two-year anniversary of its storm surge hitting New York City and the surrounding area which flooded streets, tunnels and subway lines and cut power in and around the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Thursday that he would meet with state lawmakers and other top officials to discuss revising the state's email storage policy, which now automatically deletes messages after 90 days.

The announcement came after a top aide to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D), who has had a tense relationship with Cuomo -- announced that his office would stop following the 90-day deletion policy and would develop a new one.

“Attorney General Schneiderman is committed to openness, transparency and restoring the trust of New Yorkers in their government,” Schneiderman's chief of staff, Micah Lasher, wrote in an email to the staff. “Consistent with that commitment, he has decided to suspend, effective immediately, the policy that was first put in place in the Attorney General’s office in 2007 of automatically deleting most office emails after 90 days. He has directed his Counsel to formulate, in short order, a new document retention policy.”

State lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would retain emails of some state employees for at least seven years and subject members of the legislature to the Freedom of Information law.

State legislators have criticized the deletion policy, which has been unevenly enforced, saying it creates a lack of transparency. Cuomo's office said the policy was put in place by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D). Former Spitzer staffers have disputed that account.



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