Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today commented on Gov. Cuomo’s plan to hold a meeting for statewide elected officials and various parties to discuss reforming the state’s email retention procedures. McLaughlin said a summit is an unnecessary use of taxpayer money when legislation, A.6119, which would reform the state’s policy, was introduced by him months ago.

“The governor’s policy of deleting emails after only 90 days sends the wrong message to taxpayers,” McLaughlin said. “Gov. Cuomo is sending the message that, although we have virtually unlimited capacity to store information, we should permanently delete information pertinent to the business of the state after only about three months. This reinforces the idea that our government lacks transparency and accountability; issues I have been fighting to reform since my first day in office."

          The governor’s office sent a letter to lawmakers on Friday criticizing them for not coordinating their schedules around a date that was previously set to discuss the policy. The new date for the summit has been set for May 23 at 2 p.m. at a location yet to be determined.

          “We do not need an expensive and inconvenient statewide meeting to reform the email retention policy when my legislation has been active in the Assembly for months. I introduced A.6119 on March 16. The measure would require the preservation of electronic mail by all state agencies and branches of government for seven years. A meeting would further complicate the process and the best way to reform the policy would be to debate and vet my legislation on the Assembly Floor.”

Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website 


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