“Gov. Cuomo’s transparency summit is more like an idea at this point rather than an actual event. The list of invited guests is ambiguous and a location hasn’t even been determined at this point, even though we are only a few days away. Cuomo has a history of using half-hearted promises and deception to appear as though he is actually working on behalf of the people of New York. Why waste taxpayer money and hold a summit on a Friday just before Memorial Day weekend when he could easily hold a meeting on a session day when most legislators are in Albany? The answer is that he doesn’t want anyone to show up so there is no dissent and he can claim the credit and media coverage himself. This event has been botched from the beginning and is just more smoke and mirrors from a feeble leader.

          “Gov. Cuomo is turning a mountain into a molehill because my E-mail Retention Act has been active in the Legislature since March. Instead of holding a costly and lengthy summit, we should put my bill, A.6119, to a vote before the Assembly Chamber. This legislation would require all branches of state government to retain electronic mail for seven years and would be of virtually no cost to taxpayers. We cannot continue to deny New Yorkers transparency and accountability. Furthermore, Gov. Cuomo instituted this policy himself two years ago and it can be changed without legislative action. Holding record of the people’s business for a mere three months is irresponsible, and information that is influential in proving innocence or malfeasance 91 days ago is lost forever under current law.”  

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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