Paterson Considering Cuomo, Close to Decision

Governor David Paterson remains coy over his selection for Senator Hillary Clinton's seat but says he'll make his choice by this weekend. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: Paterson says he still hasn't made up his mind among the numerous candidates who've expressed interest, including the most visible one, Caroline Kennedy. During the inaugural activities, Paterson told CBS that while he's impressed with Kennedy, she's facing stiff competition. Apparently, for the first time Paterson publicly said he's considering New York's attorney general Andrew Cuomo, and described him as having outstanding qualities. Citing attorney-client privilege, both men have been evasive as to whether they've spoken about the senate seat. Paterson declined to say whether Cuomo filled out the 28-page questionnaire he requested. But the governor says his choice will ultimately lie with who'll be best for New York, and who can win the 2010 election for the Democrats. For WNYC, I'm Elaine Rivera.