Stating the State of the State

Monday, August 18, 2008

New York Governor David A. Paterson talks about his first five months in office and what he expects going forward.


Governor David A. Paterson

Comments [9]


Why did he sign the fiscally irresponsible bill renaming the Triborough Bridge?
Sure tens of thousands of dollars to change signage and whatnot are a drop in the bucket, but it seems absurd to waste money on something as irresponsible frivolous as naming something after some carpetbagger, especially if the Governor has been preaching financial responsibility.

How can you be responsible if you are going to waste money on foolish stuff like this?

Aug. 18 2008 11:15 AM
anonyme from midtown manhattan

Outsiders are part of the education of NYS Residents - that's why schools make room for "others" the world over. Sometimes they also call it a "brain drain" so we can get the best from everywhere to live, work and contribute to NYS.

Aug. 18 2008 10:52 AM
World's Toughest Milkman from the_C_train

Once again the governor is confused, he wasn't elected, and most likely won't be when the time comes for him to run in his first electoral process.

Aug. 18 2008 10:37 AM
Dan Brodsky from Nassau Cty

Why does the NY Statue University offer finaicial aid to non state residents? Shouldn't NY State tax money be used for NYS residents?

Aug. 18 2008 10:25 AM
Alex from Brooklyn

The Sunday Times Magazine has an article on NYU economist Nouriel Roubini (Dr. Doom)

New Yorkers should be afraid, very afraid.

And if Governor Paterson hasn't the will or courage to realize that taxes are actually ESSENTIAL to a well-formed democracy, New York will remain the corrupt basket case it has been for the past 40 years.

Aug. 18 2008 10:17 AM
Matt from Manhattan

Was Joe Bruno's pension in any of those cuts?

Aug. 18 2008 10:14 AM
rom tath from brooklyn

Brian's back, woooooooh!

Aug. 18 2008 10:10 AM
Matt Moriarty from NYC

Weeks before his departure from office Spitzer, in his Upstate New York address, vowed to revive the economy through state aid for agriculture, industry, etc. Paterson aknowledged this and committed to backing Spitzers plan 100% moving forward.
How has this changed in light of the recent budget crisis, and what does Paterson have in mind for Upstate?

Aug. 18 2008 09:51 AM
richard from nyc

I have a grant with the empire state development corporation and am concerned with the governor's choice for chairman after reading in the paper that mr. wilmers is using his bank to conduct state business (using m&t personnel department to fill esdc positions). mr. wilmers is an active ceo of a major ny bank that i do not have an account with, how can the governor insure that m&t business customers will not recieve preferential treatment? also, how can i be sure that my competitors that have a relationship with m&t bank will not be privy to my business' confidential information, if m&t bank staff have access to esdc records?

Aug. 18 2008 09:39 AM

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