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N.Y. Gov. Candidates Say Transparency An Important Issue

Andrew Cuomo, left, and Carl Paladino

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino said he would eliminate New York’s notorious “three-men-in-a-room” practice used in negotiating any big deals including the annual state budget.

It was a rare bold strike at the closed-door negotiations between the governor and Senate and Assembly leaders that have become the key to getting anything substantial done but also are at the heart of Albany’s dysfunction and power politics.

Democratic candidate Andrew Cuomo takes a different route. He would use technology to make more live feeds of meetings available to the public and put far more data online.

Cuomo has something to back up his plan. As attorney general, he ordered Project Sunlight, which provided the most complete website yet of lobbying data, contracts and campaign contributions.

They face each other Nov. 2.

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