The Governor's Future

Friday, February 26, 2010

Democratic officials are telling The Associated Press that Gov. David Paterson is not seeking election. Wayne Barrett, senior editor at the Village Voice, says Governor Paterson should step down. Then Bill Perkins, New York State Senator (D-30th, Harlem), offers his perspective.


Wayne Barrett and Bill Perkins

Comments [24]

the truth from BK


Feb. 26 2010 11:19 AM
hjs from 11211

great Point!

we need more women in albany. maybe thats the trouble with this state

Feb. 26 2010 11:08 AM
Leslie Harris from Brooklyn, New York

Can a voter get a public official with some integrity?
It is reprehensible the abuse of power used to thwart a domestic violence complaint. Step down.

Feb. 26 2010 11:02 AM
hjs from 11211


why does NY have such weak leadership?
i'd like the states go to a parliamentary system

Feb. 26 2010 11:00 AM
john from office

Truth another Black hero falls. Next is Rangel.

Feb. 26 2010 10:58 AM
the truth from BK

Who's fault is it really? Well he sure didn't vote himself into office.

***Submitting comments is becoming tedious***

Feb. 26 2010 10:55 AM
Jack from Brooklyn

What is up with New York State?

Elliot Spitzer get's canned for soliciting a prostitute.

Hiram Monserrate smashes a glass in his girlfriend’s face.

Now David Paterson abuses his power to defend someone in his circle who is accused of domestic violence.

It's all centered around violence against women and men in power abusing their roles. Sickening to think about.

Feb. 26 2010 10:54 AM
aliveinNJ from New Jersey

Bill Perkins is the kind of friend we could all do withouth! What a bunch of nonsense--resign because there might be something there or deny the wrongdoing! Everytime Governor Paterson has spoken his words have been twisted, denied, or called lies! To think that a member of the legislature would seek to impugn the governor's reputation. If ever there were a bankrupt institution, it is the New York State government!

Feb. 26 2010 10:53 AM

Parallel to when Bloomberg ignored law during the 2004 GOP Convention and smashed heads of protesters.

Ya might love him or hate him, but when a politician takes a dump on the spirit and word of our laws, he GOTS ta go. Will NEVER get credibility back. Greatness is measured by actions during war, not peace.

Feb. 26 2010 10:52 AM
RLewis from bowery

Cuomo should worry about what he wishes for - if Paterson steps down now and Ravitch takes over, he could beat Cuomo in the next election. Goooo Ravitch!

Feb. 26 2010 10:50 AM
john from office

Why not report how the Times is in the back pocket of the Cuomos. The Times has been in the forefront of this attack and only to benefit the AG.

Feb. 26 2010 10:46 AM
hjs from 11211

as of today como beats lazio,_2010#Lazio_vs._Cuomo

Feb. 26 2010 10:46 AM
Yourgo from Astoria

Patterson says it like it is and lets us know whats going on in Albany. I think he should run. I dont understand why everyone is going after him like this. Albany is so corrupt that they chase anyone who tries to reform it out of office. Spitzer, Patterson,. whos next..?

Feb. 26 2010 10:46 AM
David from Harrison, NY

Governor Richard Ravitch, Now More Than Ewer. Ravitch is the only adult in the room at this point. He helped save the state in the 1970s -- revitalized the MTA in the 70s and 80s. And the Gov hadn't spoken with him for weeks? Regardless of whether Paterson resigns or not -- delegate real authority to deal with the $8.2 Billion budget to Ravitch.

Feb. 26 2010 10:44 AM
Ann Pappert from Manhattan

I'd like to hear one of your experts- Wayne Barrett - comment on how he thinks a reisignation by Patterson would effect the Democrat's chances in the next gubernatorial election?

Feb. 26 2010 10:44 AM

So Wayne, how about that Sheldon Silver reference?

I thought the state police have jurisdiction throughout the state?

Brian, I guess that NY Times article was right huh??

Feb. 26 2010 10:43 AM

I really liked Paterson and am stunned but angry about the news. What do these politicians think - that no one will ever find out that they are abusing power?

A woman was violently assaulted by his advisor - why would any governor not drop the advisor? What "advisor" is so important that anyone would break laws to retain him?

Feb. 26 2010 10:42 AM
aliveinNJ from New Jersey

The vultures have been circling for some time, haven't they? Innuendo, speculation, and false rumors have dogged this elected official for since Day 1! What is behind this witch-hunt in New York State? Who stands to gain from the Governor's abdication? Run, Governor, Run!

Feb. 26 2010 10:40 AM
RLewis from bowery

Let me man finish his term and be gone.

Ask Wayne why all the beating up on Paterson? Isn't he afraid of a backlash? I've never been a fan of Paterson, but Wayne is turning me into one. Seems like the media is just trying one thing after the other until something sticks. Looking like a fishy witchhunt.

Feb. 26 2010 10:40 AM
john from office

Rangel, Patterson mekks, Flake, the quality of the leadership is terrible.

Feb. 26 2010 10:37 AM
Matt from Park Ave

Damn. One of my favorite writers wants one of my favorite politicians to step down.

I actually like Wayne Barrett for the same reason I like David Paterson - they both go into detail that most writers/politicians think people are too indifferent at this point to appreciate.

Scratch at the surface of any other politician in Albany and I'm sure you'd find much worse.

At least let him finish his term.

Feb. 26 2010 10:34 AM
hjs from 11211

i guess paterson read my post

Feb. 26 2010 10:20 AM
Yosif from NYC

If Bush could give tax cuts to the rich through reconciliation, then Obama can expand medicare to the people and save us from the health care companies. This will get people to retire early and spur job growth, and put more money in employers hands. It's a win-win! Someone needs to tell Obama to act more like Bush.

Feb. 26 2010 10:12 AM
hjs from 11211

what is all this quitter talk.
finish the term then go away.
he's no worse than the other self enriching fat cats in albany and washington.

by the way sensible people don't seek elected office.
we have no leaders

please use my memeber dollars to fix this website!!

Feb. 26 2010 10:00 AM

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