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Freakonomics Radio

“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The debut of a live game show from Freakonomics Radio, with judges Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Gasteyer, and David Paterson.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can Albany Be Reformed?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

There were more developments this week in the bribery and corruption probe that brought down State Senator Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Dan Halloran. And this most recent scandal is just the latest in a line of arrests, resignations, and revelations about New York politicians. Former Governor David Paterson discusses the culture of corruption in New York, and efforts to change it.

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WNYC News

Paterson’s Third Act: Construction Monitor

Monday, August 20, 2012

Talk show host and former Governor David Paterson is adding another job to his resume. He’s going into the integrity monitoring business for the construction sector — and he’s partnering up with an industry insider turned whistleblower.

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WNYC News

NY Governor Nominates His Predecessor to MTA Board

Monday, April 23, 2012

Former New York Governor David Paterson has been nominated by his successor, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to serve on the board of New York’s MTA.

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Transportation Nation

Former NY Governor David Paterson Joins MTA Board

Monday, April 23, 2012

Former Governor David Paterson with Governor Andrew Cuomo (right) (Photo: Governor Cuomo's flickr stream)

New York's former Governor, David Paterson, has been nominated by his successor, Andrew Cuomo, to serve on the board of New York's MTA.

As Governor, Paterson presided over some of the deepest cuts the MTA had to sustain in generations -- but he also vociferously stumped for East River bridge tolls to fund transit. Those tolls foundered when they arrived at the state legislature, and a patched-up plan left MTA finances in a continually precarious position.

Paterson also appointed Jay Walder, a respected transportation professional, to run the MTA.

"I applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo's nomination of former Governor David Paterson to the Board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority," said Joseph Lhota, the current head of the MTA, in a statement. "I have known the former Governor for 35 years and look forward to the opportunity to work with him again. He has long shared the Governor's commitment to our mission of providing safe, efficient and effective transportation to more than 8.5 million riders every day.

"Once confirmed by the Senate, former Governor Paterson will bring a unique and practical perspective, particularly with respect to issues affecting minority communities and disabled New Yorkers. I look forward to former Governor Paterson bringing to our board deliberations the charm, wit and compassion he has shown throughout his public life.”

Transit activists were also pleased with the appointment. “With another planned fare hike looming in January 2013, Paterson’s experience as a governor and state senator will prove critical to working with Albany lawmakers to find new funding for our transit system, sparing overburdened New Yorkers yet another fare hike,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives, in a statement.

Paterson, the former Lt. Governor. was elevated to Governor when his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer, resigned after it emerged he had consorted with prostitutes.

Paterson, who is legally blind, had previously been a State Senator from Harlem. As Governor, Paterson became embroiled in his own scandals, involving an accusation of domestic violence against one of his top aides, and a possible cover-up. Paterson chose not to run for re-election, and now hosts his own radio show.

Paterson will replace Nancy Shevell, a GOP fundraiser and trucking executive, who resigned after marrying former Beatle Paul McCarthy.

 

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The Empire

Paterson announces WOR radio gig

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Alec Hamilton / WNYC

By Alec Hamilton

John Gambling, the third in the Gambling family line of WOR morning hosts, introduced former governor David Paterson at a press conference today to announce the governors new role as a host of the afternoon drive show. At Ben Bensons steakhouse in Manhattan, the governor said he grew up listening to the radio.

The governor said because he never learned Braille, he has depended heavily through his life on radio for information.

"My information always came from the radio, so I've always had a special fondness for radio stations, for talk radio, for radio hosts, so to become one of them at this stage is a big thrill in my life," he said.

The governor said his first guest will be Eliot Spitzer.

"When I told him I had this show, he said its so great to see you could get a job that I didnt give you," said Paterson.

Other guests scheduled for the first show on Tuesday include former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Scotland Yard, a debate between 9th Congressional District candidates David Weprin and Bob Turner, and possibly Rep. Charlie Rangel. Paterson's father, Basil Paterson, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, a close friend of the former governor, were at the announcement earlier today.

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It's A Free Country ®

Weathering the Storm: What Anthony Weiner Can Learn From These Sex Scandal Survivors

Monday, June 06, 2011

Anthony Weiner isn't resigning post-sex-scandal, and he's far from the first to try to keep his office in the wake of public shaming. He might want to take lessons from this list of pols who got tangled up in sex-scandals and ended up bruised, but not destroyed. Here are eight political careers that went on despite scandal.

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WNYC News

Former Paterson Aide Pleads Guilty to Harassment Charges

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The one-time aide of former Governor David Paterson pleaded guilty to one count of harassment stemming from a 2009 domestic violence case.

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The Empire

'Republicans can't have it both ways' says a Republican

Monday, February 14, 2011

Not a bad interviewer, that former Governor David Paterson, who was guest-hosting on the John Gambling Show this morning. GOP Rep. Peter King was a guest, and took a swipe at members of his GOP House colleagues for not putting their budget priorities where their rhetoric was:

Peter King: They're cutting very heavily in the border patrol.

David Paterson: Now that's surprising.

Peter King: Republicans can't have it both ways. You can't be banging against illegal immigration and then cutting back on the customs and border protection.

More on King, and the budget, here.

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The Empire

What is Cuomo doing with Jay Jacobs?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Jay Jacobs went from being Nassau County Chairman, to NYS Chairman, thanks to David Paterson. (azi paybarah / wnyc)

Page Six sent tremors through New York Democratic circles this morning with a blind item saying the head of the party, Jay Jacobs, was getting replaced by one of Governor Cuomo confidents, Charlie King.

The item included a terse-sounding comment from an unnamed Cuomo's spokesperson who said "Not true."

Of course it's unclear what exactly the "not true" means: "Not true at the moment" or "Not true; Jacobs has the full support of the governor and we have no plans to install King in his place."

Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto did not respond to an emailed request for elaboration. An email to Simon Brandler, who handled press for the state party during the campaign, bounced back. A telephone message left for King at the state party's office was not immediately returned. Jacobs said he did not want to comment publicly.

Jacobs went from Nassau County Chairman to State Party Chairman, thanks to support he got from Governor Cuomo's predecessor, David Paterson. Jacobs was re-elected to a 2-year term this past September.

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WNYC News

Cuomo's Fiscal Challenges

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

When Andrew Cuomo becomes governor Saturday, he faces a formidable challenge of closing the multibillion dollar budget gap. And already, he’s upped the ante by promising to freeze spending and taxes.

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It's A Free Country ®

Latinos Give Paterson a Report Card: Good, But Not Good Enough

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

If Governor David Paterson was applying for a job and the Latino community was hiring, his resume would be considered adequate, but not impressive, with one particularly weak point: Secure Communities.

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WNYC News

Paterson Fined Over Yankees Tickets

Monday, December 20, 2010

Governor David Paterson has been fined $62,125 by the state’s ethics panel, which accused him of illegally soliciting free tickets to a Yankees World Series game for himself, his son, his sons’s friend and two aides, then lying about it in a cover up.

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WNYC News

How David Paterson Views David Paterson

Friday, December 17, 2010

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David Paterson always had a plan. It just wasn’t to become Governor of New York.

Leading up to 2006, he was the top Democrat in the State Senate, and doing a surprisingly effective job chipping away at the Republican lead in that house.

Paterson, who was representing Harlem, did this by letting his affable nature mask his intense desire to wage strategic campaign fights against Republicans.

“If they had an event they had to go to and they wanted us to stop debating…I would always stop,” Paterson recalled in a recent interview. “I think it got them to take their eye off the campaign.”

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The Empire

How Paterson prepared to govern and the myth he later discovered

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

David Paterson, refreshingly candid, told a group of upstate editorial boards that the job he's living isn't what it's cracked up to be.

"The governor is somewhat of a mythical figure. Everyone thinks that the governor has greater influence than the governor actually has," said Paterson in the meeting, which was streamed live on the Democrat and Chronicle website. Paterson said there's little he can do to force consensus on an issue when legislative leaders dig in their heels.

One notable moment came when a reporter asked Paterson about how much time he spent thinking about governing the state when he was serving as lieutenant governor.

"Does he or she form a plan for governing sort of like somebody coming in for the quarterback," the reporter asked. "Did you form a plan before ascending to office?"

In short, Paterson's answer was no.

"If the governor is walking around and the lieutenant governor is planning what he's going to do when he takes over, that would be the catalyst for an acrimonious relationship," Paterson said.

Paterson was Eliot Spitzer's lieutenant governor, and they did not have an acrimonious relationship. Paterson did say that Spitzer did include him on important leadership meetings.

Despite the access he was granted, Paterson said, "I realized in the first couple of days that I became governor that there was so much going on that I didn't know about."

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The Empire

Asking 2,500 people for resignation letters

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A gubernatorial aide passes along the letter sent to 2,500 "at will" employees asking them for their undated letters of resignation "In order to give the incoming administration maximum flexibility."

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The Empire

Paterson and Imus

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

His appearance yesterday on the Don Imus show is part of the outgoing governor's blitz to reshape his legacy. Imus was, according to emails that surfaced, rooting for Paterson and considered helping him raise money for his campaign. Imus declined to comment when I asked him about it at the time.

"I"m moving on and the rest can stay and grapple with the budget and when they get lit up like I did, I'll watch it from the outside and have some sympathy for them," Paterson said on the show.

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WNYC News

Fracking Issue To Concern New York's Next Governor

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The term "fracking," short for hydraulic fracturing, has moved from an obscure type of natural gas extraction to an issue debated by environmentalists, government officials and movie stars. And recent action by outgoing New York Governor David Paterson placed the decision of how to regulate the practice in the hands of the next Governor, Andrew Cuomo.

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The Empire

Obama hires O'Donnell

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Back in February, Denise O'Donnell quit her job with Governor David Paterson in protest over how state police allegedly interfered in a domestic violence case involving one of the governor's top aides.

Today, the White House announced O'Donnell will work at the Department of Justice, as the director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The official announcement:

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Peter B. Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy
  • Denise E. O’Donnell, Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice
  • Stephanie O’Sullivan, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Directorate of National Intelligence
  • David Shear, Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Department of State

The President also announced his intent to appoint Harvey S. Wineberg as a Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.  His biography is below.

President Obama said, “The American people will be greatly served by the talent and dedication these individuals will bring to their new roles.  I am proud to have them serve in this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Peter B. Lyons, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department Energy

Dr. Peter B. Lyons is currently the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy (2009-present). Previous to this appointment, Dr. Lyons served as a Commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission from 2005 until his term ended in 2009. From 2003 to 2005, Dr. Lyons served as Science Advisor on the staff of U.S. Senator Pete Domenici and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he focused on military and civilian uses of nuclear technology, national science policy, and nuclear non-proliferation. From 1997 to 2003, Dr. Lyons was assigned by the Los Alamos National Laboratory to serve as Science Advisor on the staff of U.S. Senator Pete Domenici and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where he focused on military and civilian uses of nuclear technology, national science policy, and nuclear non-proliferation. From 1969 to 1996, Dr. Lyons held several positions at the Los Alamos National Laboratory including: Director for Industrial Partnerships, Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Environment, and Deputy Associate Director-Defense Research and Applications. Dr. Lyons has published more than 100 technical papers, holds three patents related to fiber optics and plasma diagnostics, and served as chairman of the NATO Nuclear Effects Task Group for five years. Dr. Lyons is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Astrophysics from the California Institute of Technology (1969) and his undergraduate degree in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Arizona (1964).

Denise E. O’Donnell, Nominee for Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice
Denise E. O’Donnell recently served as New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, where she oversaw 11 homeland security and criminal justice agencies with a combined annual budget of $4.7 billion.  From 2007 to 2010, Ms. O’Donnell served as Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, where she managed several crime reduction efforts, including the collection and analysis of crime data, criminal background investigations, juvenile justice, and the administration of state and federal criminal justice grants.  Prior to her appointment, Ms. O’Donnell was a litigation partner at Hodgson Russ, LLP.  During the Clinton Administration, she was appointed as United States Attorney for the Western District of New York (1997-2001).  Ms. O’Donnell joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District in 1985 as a prosecutor and was later promoted to First Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1993.  Earlier in her career, she served as a law clerk to the late Justice M. Dolores Denman of the New York Appellate Division, Fourth Department.  Ms. O’Donnell is currently active on various legal and professional organizations, including the New York State Justice Task Force, the Criminal Justice Council of the New York City Bar Association, and the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association.  She has lectured at the SUNY Buffalo School of Law and with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Education.  Ms. O’Donnell holds a B.A. from Canisius College and an M.S.W and J.D., summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Stephanie O’Sullivan, Nominee for Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Stephanie O’Sullivan serves as the Associate Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Prior to this role, Ms. O’Sullivan led the Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T), the part of the Agency responsible for developing and deploying innovative technology in support of intelligence collection and analysis. Earlier in her career, she held various management positions in the DS&T, where her responsibilities included systems acquisition and research and development in fields ranging from power sources to biotechnology. Ms. O’Sullivan joined the CIA in 1995, after working as an engineer for the Office of Naval Intelligence. Before that she was a member of the technical staff at TRW, a former corporation involved in the aerospace, automotive and credit reporting industries, among others. She holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Missouri School of Mines.

David Shear, Nominee for Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Department of State

David Shear is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. Since 2009, he has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Previously, he was Director of the Office of Chinese Affairs. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Other overseas assignments include Tokyo, Beijing, and Sapporo. Washington assignments include Deputy Director, Office of Korean Affairs; Special Assistant to Under Secretary for Political Affairs; Desk Officer, Office of Japanese Affairs; Deputy Director, East Asia Office of Regional Affairs; Desk Officer, Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs; and Third Secretary, U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Mr. Shear received a B.A. from Earlham College and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individual to a key Administration post:

Harvey S. Wineberg, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability

Harvey S. Wineberg is the founding partner of Wineberg Solheim Howell & Shain, P.C., a Chicago based CPA firm offering a wide range of accounting and financial services to individuals and small businesses.  Mr. Wineberg is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has been designated by them as a Personal Financial Specialist and is a member of the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants.  He is also a member of the Illinois Bar.  For 30 years he served as a Director and member of the Audit Committee of the Mid-Town Bank of Chicago.  He was also President of the Board of the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the Illinois ACLU, a member of the Columbus Hospital of Chicago Foundation Board, and served as the Treasurer of President Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign.  In 1998, Mr. Wineberg authored a book about his life and his practice entitled “Thanks For Your Trust.”  He served in the U.S. Navy as a Commissary and Fiscal Officer.

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Ravitch Offers Blunt Assessment of His Time as Lieutenant Governor

Thursday, December 09, 2010

New York’s departing Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch gave a blunt assessment of his term in office Thursday. Speaking at a Rockefeller Institute forum, Ravitch said he didn’t feel like he accomplished very much during his time serving under Governor David Paterson.

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