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Cuomo Says He'll "Strive" to Be Transparent

Governor Cuomo answered criticism that he has not been transparent enough, saying he’s trying to do more.

Governor 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 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. 

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of public radio stations in New York state. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.