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Groups calls on Cuomo to let the sun shine

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -- A conservative religious organization has a new video out today, poking a bit of fun at Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his style of government transparency. The video, Light of Day, comes courtesy of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, which is fighting an abortion rights plan by Cuomo that the governor first floated in 2010 and again during his January State of the State; he has yet to produce a bill explaining exactly what his proposal would do.

"The governor's self-described greatest legislative accomplishments -- same-sex marriage and gun control -- were each brought about through corrupt, undemocratic processes and backroom deals done in the dark,'' said Rev. Jason McGuire, the group's executive director. Cuomo has been increasingly criticized for keeping secret his legislative ideas until the last minute. UPDATE: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was asked today if Cuomo's practice of withholding actual legislation to accompany broad policy plans makes it difficult for negotiations. "Yes,'' he said smiling.

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Robert J. McCarthy

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Tom Precious

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