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Flak-out: State agency PIO list does not 'cell' well

There’s a notable lack of information in the Cuomo administration’s new directory of public information officers. Unlike the Paterson, Spitzer or Pataki regimes, this administration does not list home numbers and cell-phone numbers for agency flaks.

Providing such info is fairly standard. It can come in handy in case there is, say, a prison riot or tanker truck rollover after normal business hours.

Instead the new directory lists only office numbers and e-mail addresses for PIOs (which the other administrations also provided).

Perhaps it’s a nice way to funnel all calls through the governor’s communications office. That leaves reporters only one after-hours dialing option: instead of contacting the agency, call the gov’s spokesmen.


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