Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) announced today that he has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 6119, that will require all government agencies, the Legislature and Judiciary to retain electronic mail for seven years. McLaughlin introduced the legislation as a result of Gov. Cuomo’s policy of deleting emails after an arbitrary 90 days and said that eliminating information can be a way to cover up government corruption or abuse of taxpayer money.
“In honor of ‘Sunshine Week’ in Albany, I am introducing this legislation to shine some light on Gov. Cuomo’s egregious and detrimental policy of deleting emails after only 90 days,” McLaughlin said. “I want legislators and the governor to know that they are not exempt from the rules and that accountability must exist at every layer of state government. It is quite a coincidence that news broke about Gov. Cuomo’s email deletion policy soon after former Speaker Silver was arrested on corruption charges. Information a mere three months old today could have been used to exonerate or convict a public official, but unfortunately, under our current policy, that information is now lost forever.”
McLaughlin has been one of Albany’s most outspoken proponents of anti-corruption legislation and more stringent ethics reforms. He sponsors measures such as term limits, stripping pensions from corrupt politicians and requiring receipts for per diem expenses. Assembly Bill 6119 currently awaits action in the Assembly Committee on Governmental Operations.
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