Press Group Warns De Blasio on Records Screening Policy


A press association on Thursday warned Mayor Bill de Blasio to “tread cautiously” in having his lawyers review sensitive or controversial public records requests.

New York Press Club President Steve Scott issued the statement after a May 5 memo surfaced, instructing 60 city lawyers to have the mayor’s attorneys review records requests that could “reflect directly on the mayor.”

“Mayor de Blasio has promised the most transparent administration in city history,” Scott said. “But, sometimes, that transparency is very difficult to see.”