Paterson Asks DC to Bail Out New York

Governor Paterson is in Washington, DC, today, asking Congress to help bail out New York.

Speaking before the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing on a second economic stimulus package, Paterson asked for federal block grants, similar to those given after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

REPORTER: He says New York is ready to move on lots of infrastructure projects that would help the economy if it gets federal money.

PATERSON: We would have 40 shovel ready programs ready for improving highways and bridges. We would have another 58 programs ready to go in the area of water projects.

REPORTER: The Governor also called on Congress to invest in food stamps and to extend and modernize unemployment insurance.