Gov. David Paterson today issued a veto on a measure that would archive documents generated by the executive branch, but issued a an executive order that would set a procedure for preserving records generated by the governor’s office.
In doing so, Paterson, a Democrat who leaves office at the end of the year, continues his recent habit of striking down proposed laws he dislikes, but offering his own take through executive order. Paterson made a similar maneuver this past weekend when he vetoed a measure that would place a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, but then issued his own executive order on the issue.
The executive order issued by Paterson’s office will designate a records retention officer within the executive branch who will be charged with retaining documents of historic significance.
“This Executive Order ensures that important historical documentation related to activities of the Executive Chamber is maintained for study and review by future governments, historians, and everyday New Yorkers,” said the governor’s office in a press release. “The Paterson Administration has been the most transparent administration in New York history largely due to the voluminous material made available daily on its website.”
Paterson argued that the bill he vetoed went too far in exposing the “unfettered, candid advice” given in the governor’s office.