The Associated Press
New York media organizations demand meeting with Kelly, Browne about Zuccotti Park 'abuses' of the press
In a letter co-signed by executives from a variety of media outlets and press advocacy groups, New York Times Company vice president and assistant general counsel George Freeman has requested an immediate meeting with police commissioner Ray Kelly and Paul Browne, the deputy commissioner of public information, over a series of incidents between Nov. 15 and 17 which, Freeman writes, "clearly violate[d] NYPD policies and peocedures as concerns the media."(20)
Cuomo's spokesman scandalizes Capitol press with serial accusations; he says he's aggressive, just like them
The Cuomo administration's not infrequently hostile interactions with the people who cover it have been a topic of interest in recent weeks. The list of gripes Albany reporters have aired lately includes a lack of transparency, minimal access to the governor, unavailability of public records to reporters and what they say is the sanitization of the Governor's schedule.
But they have in particular objected to what they perceive as slurs on their ethics or professionalism, employed they believe to knock down stories ad hominem, often, they have felt, when Cuomo's office must have known the stories were substantially true.
Vlasto, contacted for this article, would only say: "I respect aggressive reporters and they should respect aggressive spokespeople."