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The Brian Lehrer Show

Former NY Gov. Paterson & Albany Reform; Candidates on Housing

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Former New York Governor David Paterson discusses the recent political scandals in Albany and what kinds of reforms could discourage abuse. Plus: highlights from Brian’s forum on housing with mayoral candidates. Then, how external forces – like a specific shade of pink or photographs of a light bulb, for example – can change the way we feel and behave; an April series on recycling looks at organics with Ron Gonen, NYC’s first-ever deputy commissioner of recycling and sustainability; and a 400-year history of Greenwich Village.

The Greene Space

EMANCIPATION 150

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Catch up on our multi-platform series exploring the state of emancipation for African Americans today. Watch on-demand video of our shows with Dr. Cornel West, Isabel Wilkerson, Misty Copeland, Savion Glover, Imani Winds and more. 

 

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Cuomo Gives Patterson Props on Gay Marriage Efforts

Friday, September 23, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo has gotten a lot of accolades from gay marriage proponents for legalizing same sex unions in New York, but on Friday he gave credit to his predecessor, former governor David Paterson, who tried, but failed to do the same thing during his time in public office.

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State Senator Parker Guilty of Assault on NY Post Photographer

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

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A Brooklyn lawmaker was found guilty of assaulting a newspaper photographer, and could face up to a year in jail.

State Senator Kevin Parker was convicted today of two counts of criminal mischief for the May 2009 assault outside his home against a photographer working for the New York Post.

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Paterson Suggests Ways to Close New Budget Deficit

Thursday, November 04, 2010

In the midst of a busy election day, more bad news about New York state's budget was overshadowed. Governor David Paterson’s budget director Robert Megna said a new $315 million budget gap has opened up midway through the fiscal year. He said it’s largely due to the continuing recession, which has created lower than expected tax collection revenues and higher spending on Medicaid and other social services due to higher unemployment rates.

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Paterson Sounds Off on Clothing Tax

Thursday, August 05, 2010

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Gov. David Paterson says trying to get state lawmakers to tax sugary beverages instead of clothing is like "running into a brick wall" and "demonstrates the need for greater campaign finance [reform]."

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Paterson Explains Why There's No Borrowing in State Budget

Thursday, August 05, 2010

WNYC

"There is no borrowing in this budget."

That's what Governor Paterson said this morning during a radio interview on WOR, which is a notion that was quickly challenged by the show's host since the state's budget includes a financial maneuver many (even Ira Glass) have criticized as borrowing.

Radio host John Gambling said the state is going to "take monies from the pension, are you not? It will be a liability down the road. Isn't that a form of borrowing?"

"No, that was kind of a semantic situation," Paterson said. "What we did was refinance it, divide it over a number of years. No student of government or budget analyst would ever call that borrowing. Because in borrowing, you're getting something. Here, it's just taking a debt and apportioning it out over a number of years."

"Borrowing," Paterson explained, "is when you take an amount of money and put it in the budget and then you have to pay the interest on it and delay it over a period of time."

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Domestic Violence Prevention Advocates: Paterson Report Shows Common NYPD Mistakes

Friday, July 30, 2010

Domestic violence prevention advocates say the recent inquiry into Gov. David Paterson's handling of a domestic violence dispute involving his aide David Johnson highlights common mistakes New York City police officers make when investigating domestic violence cases. 

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Paterson and Booker

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Here's a key point in Judith Kaye's report about Gov. David Paterson's role in the case of a domestic abuse victim deciding to drop her request for an order of protection against top Paterson aide David Johnson:

Booker testified that prior to speaking with the Governor on February 7 she had decided not to pursue the order of protection against Johnson.

On page 31, the report explains:

Booker testified that she did not realize that she had a court date the following day, and thought that the court date might have already passed. Booker testified that, in any event, she did not intend to go back to court because, among other reasons, Johnson “had left [her] alone” since the incident and she no longer felt a threat.

Booker is now renewing her effort to get an order of protection, saying, "It's the right thing to do."

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Paterson's Q&A: Rebuffs a Rumor, Walks Away

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Gov. David Paterson took only a few questions today about the report from former Chief Justice Judith Kaye saying the governor did nothing criminal when he contacted a woman seeking to file charges against one of his aides for domestic abuse.

“I can’t comment on it because I haven’t read the report yet,” Paterson said.

He declined to talk about other related issues, like whether he’ll discipline any of his staffers named in the report, and if he regretted his role in the whole situation.

NY1’s Josh Robin got Paterson to respond to the theory/rumor that the governor called lawmakers to Albany today in order to take attention away from this report. Paterson teed-off.

“The legislature always finds a reason that they’re the victim,” Paterson said.

Here’s what happened when a Times reporter tried to ask a follow-up question:

Reporter: “This is maybe similar to what Josh asked you a moment ago –

Paterson: “Then I can’t answer it.”

Reporter: “But you haven’t heard it, governor.”

Then Paterson walked out of the room.

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Paterson: 'This Doesn't Look Good For Me'

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

WNYC

Just what did Governor Paterson say when he called the woman trying to press charges against gubernatorial aide David Johnson?

Here's a transcript of Paterson's voice mail message to Sherr-una Booker, according to Judith Kaye's report, released Wednesday:

Sherri, this is David. You should see the way they wrote this story. They’re trying to make it look like I pressured you into dropping this court case. Please help me. Your lawyer – his statement makes it sound the same way. Um, I mean – I was trying to find out about the rumors involving myself. You placed the call to me around ten minutes to four on Sunday, February the 7th – it was the day of the Superbowl. And, um, in the conversation, we just talked about the things that – that – you didn’t say anything about me, and I didn’t say about you. Then we went on to talk about other stuff, but – I hope, uh – you remember that I was not trying to make you do anything, and – I hope your lawyer will do something to help me here, because this, uh, doesn’t look good for me, and I wasn’t in this. And this is exactly what they’re after. And I – I was just not in this and didn’t – um, you know – want to play a role in it. And, to be honest with you, I believe you. So – um, anyway, uh – if you can help to clear this up, because it – that portrayal, that conversation – we didn’t talk for one minute, we talked for ten or fifteen minutes. And, um –I did tell you that I was there for you, and you could call me. But I wasn’t doing it to try to trade it for you dropping the ca- I didn’t even know the court date was Monday, to be honest with you. I’ll talk to you later.

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Report: Paterson Won't Face Criminal Charges

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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The New York Times' Nicolas Confessore reports:

The retired judge investigating Gov. David A. Paterson’s intervention in a domestic violence case involving a former top aide will not recommend any charges against the governor, according to a person with knowledge of the case.

The judge, Judith S. Kaye, the former chief judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, is expected to release the results of her four-month investigation into Mr. Paterson on Wednesday afternoon. Ms. Kaye was asked to take over the investigation in April by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, who recused himself from the case.

While Mr. Paterson does not appear to be in further legal jeopardy, the aide, David W. Johnson, may face further charges, the person said. Ms. Kaye will refer evidence regarding Mr. Johnson to the Bronx district attorney’s office, which is already looking into the allegations that Mr. Johnson assaulted his former companion, Sherr-una Booker, on Oct. 31, 2009.

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NYS Comptroller: Budget Built on Uncertain Foundation

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state budget is based on shaky fiscal assumptions and warns of yet another midyear deficit if corrections aren’t made. The state budget, more than three months late, is also causing some political fallout, as revealed in a new poll.

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The Stop and Frisk Debate

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Governor Paterson has until Saturday to decide whether to sign a bill banning the NYPD from a database of information about people the police have stopped and frisked, but not arrested. NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has been lobbying the governor, urging him not to sign the bill, saying the database has been an effective way to track down criminals.

The debate hinges on whether the database infringes on people's basic rights to privacy and if the info has been used to track down suspects in crimes not associated with initial 'stop and frisk' who otherwise may have gotten away.

Kelly, after a few meetings with Paterson, is now pointing to specific cases where information stored in the database lead to the arrests of criminals.

Paterson's decision about whether to sign the bill hinges on that newly presented information, he told WOR's John Gambling.

“Now he brings in evidence of 170 people who were stopped who were later arrested for different violations and crimes," said Paterson. "And we have to determine whether the database assisted in those arrests or not."

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Diaz Calls Espada a Better Dem than Detractors

Monday, July 12, 2010

WNYC

The call to oust state Senator Pedro Espada, Jr. from the Democratic Party is going to be met with a direct challenge from Bronx state Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. on Monday afternoon.

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Paterson Finds New Resolve

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Gov. David Paterson has less than six months left in office in a term that expires on December 31, and he has been making the most of his time left in power, forcing the state legislature to enact most of his budget, and vetoing out the parts he doesn’t like.

Paterson, who took over for the disgraced Eliot Spitzer in March 2008, had a rocky first two years as governor. He was plagued by scandals, and seemed to change his mind frequently, as well as his political tactics.

Lately, Paterson has been more resolute and has even pioneered new powers for a New York governor.

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Paterson Delivers 6,681 Vetoes, Representing $525M in Cuts

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Gov. David Paterson delivered 6,681 veto messages to the legislature on Wednesday, slashing over $500 million in spending out of the state budget.

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Vetoes

Friday, July 02, 2010

WNYC

Here's Paterson, still vetoing spending bills he says the state can't afford. A spokeswoman said the governor will finish vetoing about 7,000 items by the end of today.

Politically, Paterson's hard-line stance against the state legislature has revived him, politically, as evidenced by things like this glowing New York Post front page today.

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Paterson Practices His Penmanship with Vetoes; He’s Not Talking to Legislature 'Ever'

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Gov. David Paterson has started the lengthy process of vetoing the nearly 6,900 line items that the legislature added to their budget bills and has told them, in no uncertain terms, that he’s done negotiating.

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Albany Update: What's Going On?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The sky was supposed to fall. Chaos was supposed to reign. And somehow, Albany failed to deliver even that.

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