8:28 pm Mar. 1, 2012
Documents released in response to a Freedom of Information Law request showed that Governor Andrew Cuomo didn't answer a number of challenging questions during his one-hour online town hall meeting last September.
The Times reports that Cuomo was "highly selective" in what he chose to answer.
The online town-hall format Cuomo used is, by its nature, highly controlled, and leaves little room for spontaneous interaction with the public. When Cuomo has had town-hall style events, they've usually been during the day, while most people are at work, and not advertised long in advance. The people who attend are invited guests. But even that doesn't entirely eliminate the possibility of the occasional outburst.
And given the strong opposition from some people to issues like fracking, which Cuomo seems open to supporting under certain conditions, live, unfettered access to the governor would be a prime opportunity for someone to make a spectacle at Cuomo's expense.
That's what happened during the debate over President Obama's health care legislation, when congressmembers held town hall meetings marked by outbursts that were captured on video and went viral. In response, a number of House members, including some here in New York, switched over to holding telephone town hall meetings, which they said they were doing in order to accommodate more people.
Cuomo has set a high bar for himself, when it comes to opening up the work of government up for review. He promised transparency when ran for office. And his lieutenant governor, Bob Duffy, subsequently claimed, "We have a governor who is absolutely transparent in everything he does."
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