In a previously unreported response to a public records request, the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims staff do not use private email accounts for official business. Yet as we’ve reported, aides to the governor have done just that.The Cuomo administration’s assertion came after the New York Times requested emails related to official business from the personal email accounts of several top Cuomo aides.In its response this past March, Cuomo’s office issued a blanket denial: Staffers “do not use their personal email accounts for government business.”We obtained the Times‘ request, and the response of the governor’s office, through our own public records request.Using personal email accounts can help officials hide communications that are supposed to be available to the public. It also violates New York state’s technology policy unless it is explicitly authorized.As we detailed in May, I was the recipient of an email regarding state business from the personal account of Cuomo aide Howard Glaser. Several people who communicate with the governor’s office on media or policy matters told me at the time they, too, had gotten emails from personal accounts of Cuomo aides. Others told me the same thing after the publication of our story. None wanted to be named.A spokesman for the governor’s office declined to comment on the administration’s insistence that staffers don’t use personal emails to conduct public business 2013 or on the evidence to the contrary.The Times was seeking emails from personal accounts of Cuomo aides including Glaser and secretary to the governor Larry Schwartz.Underscoring the Cuomo camp’s penchant for secrecy, another aide reportedly encouraged other government officials to use personal email accounts for politically sensitive communications.That episode, reported by the Albany Times Union, came last week after revelations of Cuomo aides meddling with the Moreland Commission’s investigation of public corruption.According to the Times Union, longtime Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco recruited members of the commission to issue statements saying they had been independent of the governor’s office. Percoco reportedly encouraged some of those he contacted “to communicate with him through private email messages rather than through their government email accounts.”Spokesmen for the governor’s office and Cuomo’s campaign committee declined to comment on the Times Union’s story.If you have gotten emails from the private account of an official in the governor’s office or other state or city agencies, email me at [email protected] Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
Donna Louise Ketchum, 87 of Adams, passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019 at her residence. Donna was born in Adams on February 10, 1932, the daughter of Elmer and Margaret (Swango) McDermott. On August 31, 1956 she married Charles H. Ketchum at the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and he preceded her in death on October 13, 2009.Donna worked as an LPN and also at Federal Mogul/ NTN-BCA before she and her husband purchased the Ketchum Shell Gas Station they owned and operated for many years. She was a member of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.Survivors include her daughters – Lorie (Mark) Young and Kathryn (Tom) Phillips of Greensburg; her sons – Charles D. Ketchum, John (Kim Holbrook) Ketchum and Maurice Ketchum of Greensburg; her grandchildren – Mary (Conner Armstrong) Young, Morgan Young, Deanna Phillips, Alexis (Ian) Robertson, Felicia (Chad) Templeton, Wesley Quinton, Johnathon (Kaylyn) Ketchum and Jared Ketchum; 8 great grandchildren; and one sister – Ruth Harold. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters – Evelyn June Dodd, Betty Marie McDermott and Pauline Holtkamp; and one granddaughter Kayla Young.Visitation will be held on Monday, December 16 from 4pm – 7pm at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, December 17 at 10:30 am also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Rossburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.
Lawrenceburg, IN— Saturdays hours have begun at the Lawrenceburg Public Library District. Both Lawrenceburg and the North Dearborn branch will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.Other temporary hours remain the same. Lawrenceburg is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Drive-through service to pick up materials on hold is open noon to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.North Dearborn is open from noon to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Curbside pick up is available during business hours.Keep in touch by checking the district’s website at www.lpld.lib.in.us; visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LawrenceburgPublicLibraryDistrict or check out Twitter at twitter.com/LawrenceburgLib. Or you can give us a call at LPL: 812-537-2775 or NDB: 812-637-0777.Remember it is not too late for kids or adults to join our free summer reading program or to participate in our summer writing contests. Both have great prizes.There also are many upcoming virtual programs including yoga, Lego Family Challenge, Writing Fantasy, Here There Be Dragons, Passport to Imaginative Storytelling, making dragon’s egg bath bombs, DIY Fairytale Headbands, virtual D & D, storytime, weekly cooking classes and much more!Go to the events tab at www.lpld.lib.in.us. Click Imagine Your Story to sign up for the summer reading program or to learn more about the writing contest. Go to www.lpld.lib.in.us/calendar to learn more about or to register for upcoming events.