In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins released on Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration challenged the mainline Democratic conference to voluntarily submit to the state’s Freedom of Information Law.

In the letter Cuomo’s incoming counsel, Alphonso David, writes that Democratic lawmakers are “in a unique position” to submit to the FOIL requirements.

Manhattan Democratic Sen. Liz Krueger is the Senate sponsor of a bill that would block the administration’s 90-day email deletion policy, a measure that would also subject the state Legislature to FOIL.

Cuomo last week indicated he would step back from the policy and convene a summit on the state’s open government and transparency requirements as well as email retention.

Senate Democratic spokesman Mike Murphy responded tartly to the letter.

“The last people we will be taking transparency advice from is the administration that according to reports has racked up one of the least transparent records in history,” Murphy said.

The open government push from Cuomo comes as he faces renewed scrutiny over his administration’s transparency record, which has come under criticism over the last four years.

Senate Democrats were singled out by the administration as new tensions form between the conference and Cuomo, with lawmakers pushing to having Stewart-Cousins included in the closed-door budget talks and criticizing his budget tactics.

Meanwhile, in a separate letter, told the other legislative leaders, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in the Senate and Assembly that a summit on the state’s open government laws will come within the next two weeks.

The letters were first reported this morning by The Daily News.

Letter to Legislature AG Comptroller by Nick Reisman

Letter to Stewart-Cousins.pdf by Nick Reisman