Paterson Aide Suspended

Thursday, February 25, 2010

In reaction to a story published in The New York Times alleging misconduct by a top aide, Governor Paterson has suspended David Johnson and called for the Attorney General to investigate the matter and the subsequent actions by his security detail. WNYC's Bob Hennelly breaks down the latest, what it could mean for the Governor's political future, and provides a little context of the rocky history of the NY State Police.


Bob Hennelly

Comments [8]

Karla from Brooklyn

I am witnessing the alternative ending of "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington". In this case, Patterson is being done in by the newspapers that are the extensions of the corrupt political machines that govern this State and this Nation!!!

Feb. 26 2010 10:42 AM
AcuBill from New Paltz NY

Given his interest in occupying the Governor's Mansion, Attorney General Cuomo should recuse himself from the investigation. It should be handled by a trusted but independent subordinate or a special prosecutor, or, as one caller suggested yesterday, the U.S. Attorney. Mr. Cuomo should remain above politics, or the appearance of politics, so that if and when he takes office, his hands are clean of having been involved in toppling his chief rival, if the current accusations against Governor Paterson prove to be true.

If the facts are as they seem, they will speak for themselves. They cannot be sidestepped. Mr. Cuomo has everything to gain if he is scene as a neutral statesman in this apparently sorry Albany episode and not as a player.

Feb. 26 2010 07:29 AM
RLewis from bowery

Once again, we're back to the old -- it's not the crime, it's the cover-up. You know when we get to that point that other political operatives are working behind the scenes to get Paterson, and what they are doing is probably as criminal as anything Paterson did. This segment made Bob sound like he works for the Post. Brian, where's your usually wisdom, insight, and determination to look both ways?

And why is the Comments Section not working?

Feb. 25 2010 10:36 AM
Jonathan from Brooklyn

This is serious stuff. It was extraordinarily reckless for the Governor to send the State Police to talk to the complainant in a criminal case and even crazier for him to talk to her himself. It is beyond question that these interventions were designed to get her to refuse to sign a supporting deposition, thereby causing the case against the Governor's buddy to be dismissed. That is criminal. However, without the woman's cooperation, it will not be possible to make a case against anyone for witness tampering. Thus, it will probably die.

Feb. 25 2010 10:28 AM
rachel from Brooklyn

Patterson has his flaws, but this story does not seem significant. More it looks like the NYT (and now others) are going after him for other reasons. Normally I find Bob Hennelly even-handed, but he sounds pretty hysterical on this. For example, asking whether "this" is an impeachable offence moments after acknowledging that it is unclear if the governor did anything inappropriate much less illegal.

I did not find your brief segment balanced, and wonder why, given the major issues facing this state, individual-interest stories like this get the sensationalist treatment you offered this morning.

Feb. 25 2010 10:26 AM
RLewis from bowery

I'm no fan of Paterson, but really, this is starting to look like a very fishy witch hunt. Brian, please ask some questions about who and why are folks so after the Gov'.

Is it the media? Is it Coumo? Who? And why is this starting to bring sympathy to Paterson?

Is can see drilling deeper into his issue, but how about some journalism into what's behind the "get Paterson" march?

Feb. 25 2010 10:18 AM
David from Harrison, NY

re: above That's "linking" not "lining."

Feb. 25 2010 10:02 AM
David from Harrison, NY

In the midst of the bombshell dropped by the NYT, the Paterson campaign pushed out a tweet lining to a blog post that actually labels the Gov's gubernatorial reign as ineffectual:
NY4 Paterson New York State: The Argument For David Paterson - by Amy Beth Arkawy, News Junkie Post:

Feb. 25 2010 09:48 AM

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