Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a new email retention policy for state leaders following criticism about his administration’s practice of generally purging emails after 90 days.
The policy of automatically deleting official emails after only 90 days sparked concerns from government watchdogs and some lawmakers who said it was an affront to transparency. On Friday some groups urged Cuomo to require retention for seven years.
The governor’s email troubles come as Hillary Clinton faces questions over her handling of email correspondence during her tenure as secretary of state.
Cuomo’s office said the retention policy dated back to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s administration. But it says email will be saved when needed for litigation, long-term projects or “potentially responsive” to public information requests.