De Blasio is reviewing public records requests for all New York City agencies in bid to control information
Mayor de Blasio, who promised to run the most transparent administration in New York City history, has taken steps to have his office review any public records request of any city agency that could "reflect directly on the mayor."
That broad mandate, outlined in a May 5 email obtained by The Associated Press, could give de Blasio's office control over virtually all newsworthy Freedom of Information Law requests from journalists, watchdog groups or members of the public.
Although the ramifications of the policy are not clear, transparency advocates fear such control could lead to prolonged delays in responding to records requests, a criticism both President Barack Obama and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced when they instituted similar policies.
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