State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has decided to scrap the controversial 90-day email purge policy put in place by his predecessor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is now taking considerable heat from good government advocates, editorial boards and state lawmakers for instituting the policy across all executive agencies.

“Attorney General Schneiderman is committed to openness, transparency and restoring the trust of New Yorkers in their government,” the AG’s chief of staff, Micah Lasher, wrote in a memo distributed to all members of the office staff this afternoon.

“Consistent with that commitment, he has decided to suspend, effective immediately, the policy that was first put in place in the Attorney General’s office in 2007 of automatically deleting most office emails after 90 days. He has directed his Counsel to formulate, in short order, a new document retention policy.”

We here at SoP reported earlier this week of the existence of this policy in the AG’s office.

The drumbeat in opposition to Cuomo’s embrace of this policy continues. Earlier today, Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell and Sen. Liz Krueger, both Manhattan Democrats, introduced their highly anticipated bill that wold create an email retention policy for state government and effectively block the 90-day purge.

The proposal is based on the federal government’s email retention policy and would create standards for permanent preservation of records generated by statewide public officials, state lawmakers and those in senior agency positions. The emails would be preserved for at least seven years.

Also today, Bronx Democratic Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz introduced legislation that would set a seven-year minimum for email retention and require officials to use government addresses for emails, not personal ones. And Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin is expected to also introduce a seven-year timetable bill as well.

Schneiderman’s move ups the ante on Cuomo, with the AG not-so-subtly siding with critics of this policy. The AG and the governor have long had a rather rocky – not to mention competitive – relationship, so it will be interesting to see how the governor responds to this.