Excited to share this news with you -- there may be a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Governor Cuomo was asked by James Lawrence, Editorial Board Editor of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, if he would open the Attica records. Please read the entry below from the D&C blog:
Posted by James Lawrence • April 2, 2013 • 5:37 pm
During a more than 75 minute meeting this afternoon with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he was asked to cover a lot of ground. We talked state budget, today’s indictment of state Senator Malcolm Smith, campaign finance, reducing funding for agencies serving the developmentally disabled, you name it. But I was most encouraged by Cuomo’s response to my question about the 1971 Attica riot investigation. I asked him , just as we did last month in a Sunday editorial, to unseal documents relating to the riot. Cuomo said he had asked his legal counsels to look into the matter and that a decision could be expected within the next two weeks. For the sake of truth, let’s hope the governor’s lawyers give him the OK. And if there is some sort of impediment to doing so, I hope the governor will use his authority to find a way to remove it. Two local filmmakers– Chris Christopher and David Marshall– released a documentary earlier this year that raised seriously questions about why all involved in the riot were granted amnesty. It may very well have been to cover up the state’s role in the deaths of inmates and prison guards. Their families and New Yorkers, in general, deserve to know the truth.