Capitol Watch: Cuomo on terror, Kolb in the race

December 16, 2017 - 12:39 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government and politics, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking whether internet providers should be monitoring who visits websites promoting violence and terror.

The Democrat pitched the idea following the recent bungled subway terror attack in New York City. Authorities say the suspect became radicalized through the internet. The idea worries civil libertarians who say government monitoring of online activities raises privacy concerns.

Meanwhile, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is the first Republican in the race for governor, entering an uphill fight against Cuomo, a prodigious fundraiser whose party has a big advantage in New York.

Also, a new state law requires the state to pay the legal costs when it loses a public records case, a change government watchdogs say could lead to greater transparency.

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