4:10pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Politics and Government

Cuomo defends transparency record

Governor Andrew Cuomo defended his administration against criticisms that he has not been transparent enough, saying he’s trying to do more.

Cuomo defended his record of releasing documents and other information to the public, saying his administration has taken “unprecedented steps” and has gone to “exorbitant” levels to communicate.  Cuomo was the target of newspaper editorials recently that criticized him for being secretive and controlling in his handling of archive files during his time as New York's attorney general, among other things.

“Can you always do more?" Cuomo asked rhetorically. “Yes. And will I always strive to do more? Yes.”

Cuomo says he believes that “ultimately, the people of this state” will decide if he’s communicating  adequately with them.

The governors’ poll numbers remain high, with three quarters of New Yorkers saying they like the job he’s doing in office.

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