New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is already haunted by his campaign promise to conduct the most transparent administration in history, a claim good-government groups and observers say has fallen far short.
Now he says even legislative bills get in the way of legislating in Albany.
Last week's comment was an extraordinary admission of strategy.
To some, it showed Albany was sinking far deeper into the secretive government and closed-door dealing that protects politicians while keeping New Yorkers in the dark until a bill is law.
For Cuomo, it's the way to get the biggest things done, like the rushed, closed-door process for two of his biggest measures, legalization of gay marriage in 2011 and a sweeping gun control law this year.