NY gov ordered to produce documents covering whistleblower investigation

The State Archives New York has requested documents from members of state government on topics such as climate change, red light cameras, gun control and how the US nuclear arsenal is used. The Justice…

NY gov ordered to produce documents covering whistleblower investigation

The State Archives New York has requested documents from members of state government on topics such as climate change, red light cameras, gun control and how the US nuclear arsenal is used.

The Justice Department has asked for the documents to aid an investigation into past state corruption.

New York’s ethics committee has asked the governor’s office to supply them documents related to a meeting he had with the man who was connected to the now-closed Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

Here’s a look at what lawmakers want to know:

Signed or not?

Some lawmakers want to know whether top aides at the governor’s office signed letters and a briefing book or didn’t sign.

New York State Senate’s minority staff attorney, Timothy O’Rourke, said his office is “seeking as much information as we can” regarding whether any documents were actually signed by Governor Cuomo, top aides, or attorneys for staff at the White House.

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FOIA denial?

The chairwoman of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin said it would be in violation of the state’s public records law for the governor’s office to provide documents that were not publicly requested.

“It appears that [the governor’s office] was hiding important documents related to the highly publicized investigation into the misuse of public funds by Governor Cuomo’s former executive assistant Joe Percoco and his wife by hiding them from the JCOPE,” Paulin said.

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