Cuomo’s Office Ends Email Auto Delete Policy

ALBANY (AP) -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration on Friday ended its practice of automatically deleting emails after 90 days following criticism from good government groups. Instead, staffers will manually delete emails as they choose — though important records will be retained longer.

Cuomo will also seek a bill that would close a loophole that largely exempts the state Senate and Assembly from existing open records laws.

The announcements came at a meeting Friday between the administration and representatives of the state comptroller and attorney general. Top lawmakers skipped the meeting, saying Cuomo was trying to divert attention from his email policy by focusing on the Legislature’s long-standing exemption.