New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration has begun sending aides to the state archives to remove key documents related to his work as Attorney General from public view.
According to the New York Times, aides of the Governor have declared off limits all of Cuomo’s files related to a 2007 inquiry into the use of the State Police for political purposes, what became known as “Troopergate”. Cuomo’s office defended its conduct saying that the documents related to Troopergate were exempt from public disclosure because they were protected by attorney-client privilege.
State guidelines require attorneys general to turn over their records to the archives and access is typically determined in consultation with the lawyers who handled the cases.
Cuomo’s office said that it had chosen to review all documents now in an effort to streamline the process.
Jake Sorgen, WAMC News