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Paterson Looks Back

Friday, December 03, 2010

New York Governor David Paterson is taking time these days to reflect on his unexpected turn at the helm of New York’s government. He took the post abruptly in March 2008 when Eliot Spitzer resigned. A widely-liked Senate Democratic Leader before he ran with Spitzer, Paterson watched his relations with the legislature deteriorate as his tenure as governor wore on.

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Inside the Albany Rumor Mill

Friday, December 03, 2010

Albany has a hyperactive press corps and there's the unique situation of the Daily News and the Post being right in the middle of it, but it's not just Albany. These questions are going to be cropping up again all around the country as we move more and more toward digital dissemination of news, so it's worth taking a look at the period of time and seeing what we can learn from it.

-Clint Hendler, staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review, speaking about false rumors about Governor Paterson on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Legislature Rejects Paterson's Deficit-Closing Bills

Monday, November 29, 2010

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The New York State Legislature met in a special session called by Governor David Paterson, but failed to act on the governor's bills to close the latest $315 million budget gap.

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New York City Honors Veterans at 91st Annual Parade

Thursday, November 11, 2010

An estimated 20,000 people, including about 3,000 active duty servicemen and women, marched up Fifth Avenue to mark Veterans Day. Participants included veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the conflicts in Vietnam, Korea and World War II.

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The Empire

Cuomo gets the Paterson question

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

At their first formal meeting together in midtown today, the out-going governor and incoming governor spoke about being long-time friends and having worked together.

Then, a Wall Street Journal reporter asked about the two (yes, two) investigations into Paterson, that Cuomo's office conducted.

The answer was not long.

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Governor-Elect Cuomo Lays Out Transition Plan

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Following a meeting with current governor David Paterson Thursday, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo said he will be naming a transition team within days and will begin an inventory tour of state facilities.

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Environmental Groups Protest DEC Commissioner's Dismissal

Friday, October 22, 2010

Environmental groups are calling on Gov. David Paterson to reinstate his Environmental Commissioner, Alexander "Pete" Grannis. He was fired yesterday, after a memo critical of the governor's plans for his agency was leaked.

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Report from NY Solicitor General Finds Elected Officials Rigged Aqueduct Bidding Process

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New York State's highest-ranking elected officials rigged the bidding process for an unqualified gaming company seeking a lucrative contract to bring gambling to Aqueduct race track. That's the conclusion of a new report by the state's Inspector General Joseph Fisch.

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New York Democrats Implicated in Aqueduct Slot Scandal

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A new report by the New York State Inspector General accuses Governor David Paterson and Democratic legislative leaders of rigging the process for picking a company to run video slot machines at Aquaduct race track.

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Inspector General's Report Finds Elected Officials Rigged Aqueduct Bidding Process

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New York State's highest-ranking elected officials rigged the bidding process for an unqualified gaming company seeking a lucrative contract to bring gambling to Aqueduct race track. That's the conclusion of a new report by the state's Inspector General Joseph Fisch.

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Mayor Says Food Stamps Shouldn't Cover Sodas

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Calling sugary drinks the "single largest contributor" to the city's obesity problem, Mayor Bloomberg has launched another public health effort to change how New Yorkers eat: He wants low-income New Yorkers to stop using their food stamps to buy soft drinks and other sweet beverages.

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The Empire

Paterson wants millions from Seneca, now

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

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NY Governor David Paterson fired off a letter to the Seneca Nation of Indians saying they owe the state $214 million for 2009 and 2010.

Without payment within 14 days, Paterson says "the state is entitled to terminate the Nation-State Gaming Compact."

Paterson is seeking the money, saying the Indians owe back-taxes on cigarettes sold on the reservation.

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The Empire

'This sounds more Albany than ever'

Thursday, September 30, 2010

On WOR this morning, Governor David Paterson said Carl Paladino's run-in with the media yesterday speaks to the fact that he is unfit for office.

"It sounds to me as if he's having trouble coping with the pressure that it takes to be a governor or to run for governor," Paterson said.

Yesterday's outburst came, Paladino claims, in response to a photographer trying to sneak a shot of the candidate's 10-year-old daughter, which he acknowledged fathering out of wedlock earlier this year. Paladino said he was being treated unfairly since reporters weren't looking into his Democratic rival, Andrew Cuomo's personal life, which Paladino said contains an extra-marital affair. He provided no evidence for the accusation.

Paterson - who's had his own problems coping with the pressures of high office - said "this conversation has just deteriorated into gossip which is exactly the opposite of what Mr. Paladino said he wants to get rid of. This sounds more Albany than ever."

That last line could be particularly devastating, since Paladino is running as an outsider looking to change Albany. Cuomo allies have worked hard to discredit Paladino's outsider status, noting he got more than a million-dollar tax break and is a real estate developer from whom the state leases a lot of property.

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Paterson Orders 2,000 State Jobs Cut by Mid-November

Friday, September 24, 2010

In the latest effort to reign in the state's massive budget deficit, Gov. David Paterson has ordered 2,000 state jobs to be cut through attrition by the end of the year.

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Taxi Driver Protection Act Vetoed

Monday, September 20, 2010

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Governor Paterson vetoed a bill on Monday that would increase penalties for those convicted of assaulting a cab driver. Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman, the author of the bill, said it is difficult to believe the governor rejected the Taxi Driver's Protection Act, which had near-unanimous support in both houses of the legislature.

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Advocates Call for Overturn of Vetoed Bill for AIDS Patients

Monday, September 20, 2010

AIDS activists descended on Gov. David Paterson's headquarters Monday morning, following the governor's weekend veto of a bill that would have helped low income tenants living with HIV and AIDS pay their rent. Now, protesters say they want state lawmakers to override the veto.

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New Law Mandates Polling Places Be Accessible to Disabled Voters

Monday, September 20, 2010

Governor Paterson has signed into law a new bill ensuring that all polling sites be uniformly accessible to disabled voters by 2012, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law prevents County Boards of Elections from obtaining temporary waivers for sites that are currently inaccessible.

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The Empire

At Rangels: Media, Maybe Some Notables Later

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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I'm at Charlie Rangel's election party on 126th Street and 7th Avenue in Harlem. About fifty people milling about, mostly reporters (CNN, Washington Post, POLITICO, local folks, you know).

The campaign also said Rangel - who had been re-elected year after year without any real challenged - spent the entire day in the district, campaigning for votes.

Expected to be here tonight, according to the campaign: Governor Paterson and former Mayor David Dinkins.

At the party, I'm not seeing any food, but there are a few people lingering around the bar.

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The Empire

Paterson Votes

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Here's Governor Paterson voting this morning in Harlem, courtesy of the governor's office.

If the photo is any indication, turnout does not appear overwhelming.

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The Empire

Archiving Albany

Friday, September 03, 2010

The Buffalo News had an editorial this morning urging Governor Paterson to sign a bill ensuring that documents from the governor's office and the legislature are formally archived.

The bill hasn't been delivered to Paterson yet, according to a spokesman, and the editorial makes it sound like the governor's signature isn't a guaranteed. And for good reason. Paterson is resisting a FOIL request from Columbia Journalism Review. It wants to get its hands on emails Paterson aides were sending during that whole rumor-New York Times-DJ-scandal thing.

A few reporters will wait to see what happens with this bill. In the meantime, I've put out inquiries to a few other people to get their position on the bill.

A spokesman for GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino emailed to say, his candidate "supports all efforts for greater transparency in State government and proper record keeping, archived and easily accessible to the public, is an important part of real accountability. This legislation is just a first step and far more will be done in a Paladino Administration."

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