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Governors’ records need to be preserved

December 4, 2010
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

There is legislation on the table that would require New York governors to provide their official records to the State Archives for preservation. We believe these records should be preserved for a number of reasons, and we encourage Gov. David Paterson to sign the bill in the next 10 days.

All government records should be open to the public if we are to have transparency from our elected officials. We need to make sure that the government is subservient to the public.

The records of the governor's office have been preserved in the State Archives as far back as 1977, so why stop now?

These are important records that are a part of history that could later shed light on the decisions that are made and timelines of events, but they also keep the governor's office accountable.

We encourage the governor to pass the bill and not veto it. After all, why wouldn't he pass it unless he is afraid of becoming the next Wikileaks victim?



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