Mr.

Scott Reif, Press Secretary New York State Senate Republican Conference New York State Capitol, Room 313 Albany, NY 12224 May 8, 2013 Mr. Reif, I write to formally express concern with the treatment of several members of the legislative press corps who attempted to cover Tuesday’s hearing of the Elections Committee, held in Room 124 of the Capitol. We are certainly aware of the charged nature of the hearing — implementing a statewide system of public campaign finance. But we did not expect to be rebuffed or accosted as we, duly credentialed members of the news media, conversed with demonstrators and attempted to enter the hearing. But at least five credentialed journalists — David Howard King of Gotham Gazette, Paul Buckowski of the Albany Times Union, Nick Reisman and Brian Terry of YNN as well as Kyle Hughes of NYSNYS.com — were temporarily barred from entering. Sergeants at arms present outside the hearing room cited a lack of capacity in Room 124, however, members of the press who were admitted observed ample space. As you know, the Senate Rules state that, “All meetings of committees shall be open to authorized representatives of the news media and the general public as observers.” For over 100 years, the Legislative Correspondents Association has been recognized as the official representative body of news media covering the New York State Legislature. This type of exclusionary treatment is unacceptable. Thank you for your attention to this matter,

Glenn Blain New York Daily News President, Legislative Correspondents Association