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Paterson Regrets Not Talking to Victim's Family

Friday, December 24, 2010

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Governor Paterson says that in retrospect, he should have spoken to the victim's family before commuting the sentence of John Harris White yesterday.

White is the black man convicted in a racially charged shooting death of a white teenager, Daniel Cicciaro, on Long Island in 2006.

At a press conference Friday, Paterson said he spoke with Cicciaro's family that morning for nearly an hour.

"I would have not have changed my mind about the decision I made, but without going into detail, there were some issues that were raised by Mrs. Cicciaro that I will think about over the holidays," he said.

White was convicted of manslaughter for shooting the 17-year-old Cicciaro after he and his friends feuded with White's then 19-year-old son. White referred to the crowd that gathered in front of his home as a lynch mob.

White was released yesterday after serving five months.

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Comments [2]

cleanupnynow from Albany

What in the world is Paterson thinking in freeing White?

Paterson has simply been a joke of a governor. He simply has no ability to govern. In fact, "The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report" is an eyewitness account of Paterson's DYSFUNCTIONAL governing nature while Senate Minority Leader.

http://www.politico.com/static/PPM110_demreportfinal.html

Paterson's office was criticized for PATRONAGE, LACK OF LEADERSHIP, INDECISIVENESS and INFIGHTING, in other words the office was a ZOO. Those interviewed in the report indicated that its chief of staff the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey had no management skills, was neglectful in his duties – often boozing it up with staff and coming to the office with a hangover - and should be relieved of his position.

Amazingly, for running such a DYSFUNCTIONAL CHAOTIC office, the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey was picked by Paterson to mismanage the MWBE program at Empire State Development Corporation.

That is the Paterson way - being rewarded for your incompetence.

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