Is Gov. Andrew Cuomo transparent enough?
He’ll leave that to the public, he said today, and he certainly doesn’t appear interested in leaving the answer to the Albany press corps.
“But I think people are pretty smart in this state. And people have a sense and they have a sense of how we are doing in Albany and how the government is doing and how we are communicating. And those are the people who I am responsible to, ultimately.”
Cuomo, whose approval is at about 70 percent, has been criticized in recent weeks for leaving no paper trail with his digital communications — he uses instant Blackberry messaging rather than email — and for his handling of his records as attorney general to the state archives.
But Cuomo said his administration has taken “unprecedented steps” in transparency, citing his efforts to put his schedules online and implement a new record-keeping system. His schedules — which appear to be edited before they are posted — haven’t been updated since March.
Cuomo said officials can also do more in the transparency department.
“Transparency means the ability for the public to basically observe government, how transparent the government is,” he said. “And it’s a topic that I believe you will probably never be transparent enough. It’s one of those things in life that you’re continually striving to do more. I want the public to have total confidence and trust in the government. To the extent transparency or informing or discussing with the public increases that’s confidence, that’s exactly what I want to do.”