Cuomo Aide Releases Reporter’s ‘Confidential’ E-Mail

ALBANY -

The Cuomo administration has released a confidential e-mail from a top state political reporter seeking information for a story, continuing the downward trend in the relationship the two had enjoyed for much of the past four years.

The reporter, Fred Dicker of the New York Post, called it “highly unprofessional” and shocking. He said he had noted in his initial e-mail inquiry on Friday that he was working on a competitive story about the departure of Cuomo’s deputy secretary for public safety, Liz Glazer, and asked that his request be kept confidential.

“After Cuomo denied the exclusive report, the Post planned a follow up today about Glazer’s departure — but made the mistake of giving Cuomo’s increasingly notorious spokesman, Josh Vlasto, an opportunity to respond,” Dicker wrote in Monday’s Post. “Within an hour, Cuomo’s office leaked the exclusive to the Albany Times-Union.”

The Cuomo administration also forwarded Dicker’s e-mail without comment to nine other competitors, along with a spokesman’s response about Glazer’s departure. It was apparent that they tried to steal Dicker’s thunder.