Cuomo: Transparency Is In the Eye Of The Beholder

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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.

“From the press in Albany, I don’t know that you could have an administration that is transparent enough. So I understand what some reporters in Albany think,” Cuomo said today in Syracuse.

“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.”

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  1. Andrew “Cesare” Cuomo the “1984” Governor who will leave it to the people.

    He has 19 Million in the bank and counting and his “FACE” is known the State over.

    HE wants campaign reform as long as he can keep the 19 Million.

    Before there was the “Oracle of Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli
    http://www.VJMachiavelli.blogspot.com
    Power to the People who “VOTE”

  2. Arrogant Cuomo

    Say one thing and do the opposite while continue to repeat the false.

    DINO

  3. Cuomo: 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.

    Arrogant

  4. HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller on

    This ANOLOGY of TRANSPARENCY is the Most Stupid Interpretation of Justification of Who does What and its ok type of thinking; AND, if this is How a Govornor of an American State thinks and even is so vocal about it! … I think this is absurd!

    I apologize to The Framers Of Our Constitution ( that) the Political ” Factions” have drifted us from The Old Glory so much! That this justification…

    What about “Rule of Law”? I am hoping that The NY Govornor and The Inhabitants of America not forget that Our Founding Fathers did not Practice what’s and How New York is being governed since the Victory of Europe! ( with The United States Help) !

    I could have never imagined that ” is this How Our Own Governments will be distorted!” Not Good.

    The Constitution is The Supreme Law of The Land! I agree that the “People Govern” but they “must govern under the Boundaries of Law”!

    HABIBHASAN-An American Storyteller