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  • The Lion Hunter of Zion (an Irish man)

    07/12/2013 5:01:30 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    In his youth, King David proved his heroism by slaying a lion. He went on to put his life on the line for the Jewish People and become a hero for all Israel. Three thousand years later, another lion-hearted lion-slayer also put his life on the line for the Jewish People and became a hero for all Israel. He wasn’t even Jewish, but he was one of the greatest friends and supporters that the Jewish People ever had - and his experiences with lions assisted in numerous ways.Colonel John Patterson was an Irish soldier and engineer assigned to Kenya by...
  • Paterson Cops Accused of Beating, Robbing Two Men in Gang-Like Activity

    07/01/2013 9:30:06 PM PDT · by Altariel · 9 replies
    Reason.com ^ | July 1, 2013 | Ed Krayewski
    It’s not for nothing police are sometimes called the largest gang in America. A federal civil rights lawsuit accuses Paterson, NJ police officers of arresting, beating, and robbing (apparently in that order) two men after a confrontation between the two and an off-duty cop at a local sports bar. From the Star-Ledger: A group of Paterson police officers repeatedly punched and kicked a handcuffed, nearly unconscious suspect during a 2011 arrest, according to a civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court last week. Captured on a surveillance video, the beating goes on for more than three minutes. The video shows...
  • Court upholds firing of Paterson teacher who called students 'future criminals'

    01/11/2013 3:51:39 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Court upholds firing of Paterson teacher who called students 'future criminals' Dan Ivers/NJ.com By Dan Ivers/NJ.com on January 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM, updated January 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM PATERSON — A state appeals court has upheld the firing of a former Paterson first-grade teacher who called her students "future criminals" on her personal Facebook page. Jennifer O'Brien, an Elmwood Park resident who began working for Paterson schools in 1998, claimed in her appeal that her comments were protected by the First Amendment, and that her right to express her opinion "was outweighed by the district's interest in the...
  • Vitter wants answers on Brazil drilling loan; Paul wanted answers too

    03/22/2011 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Crush · 31 replies
    The US Report ^ | 22 March 2011 | Kay Day
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wants answers from the US taxpayer supported Export-Import bank about a $2 billion loan to Brazil for offshore drilling. Vitter’s home state is suffering under a moratorium imposed by President Barack Obama. Vitter said Louisianians “are frustrated” and he wants to know “why permitting domestically is nearly stalled…” Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had questions about ExIM—nine years ago when he asked Congress to reject the reauthorization of ExIm for “economic, constitutional and moral reasons.” Vitter sent a letter to Fred Hochberg, Ex-Im president, on March 17. Vitter asked Hochberg to identify all US companies that have...
  • Paterson NJ woman says she was not held against her will; (Locked in room for years)

    08/14/2012 5:09:30 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    The Record ^ | August 14, 2012 | RICHARD COWEN, NICK CLUNN AND JOHN PETRICK
    With tears steaming down her face, a Paterson woman who police say was kept by her boyfriend in a padlocked bedroom for the better part of two years showed up in court Tuesday and defended her alleged captor as a “loving, good man.” “I want this all to stop!” a sobbing Nancy Rodriguez told reporters in the hallway of Superior Court in Paterson, moments before her boyfriend, Michael Mendez, was led before a judge to answer charges of kidnapping, criminal restraint and drug distribution. Rodriguez disputed the state’s contention that Mendez, a reputed drug dealer and member of the Latin...
  • Paterson Aides Said to Have Sought Race-Based Changes to Security Detail in ’08

    08/04/2012 3:20:32 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 7 replies
    N Y Times ^ | 7/31/12
    ALBANY — Aides to New York’s first African-American governor wanted a police entourage that looked more like their boss, so they made an unusual request to the State Police: Replace at least 10 white troopers assigned to protect Gov. David A. Paterson with black or Latino officers. The request prompted an extraordinary battle between the Paterson administration and leaders of the State Police shortly after Mr. Paterson, a Democrat, took office in 2008, according to court testimony, e-mails and interviews. Preston L. Felton, at the time the acting superintendent of the State Police and the first African-American to lead the...
  • Passaic County takes in 282 weapons in Paterson gun buyback

    05/16/2012 9:52:23 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | 15 May 2012 | Zach Patberg
    The Passaic County Sheriff’s office spent more than $20,000 buying back 282 guns from residents in Paterson in an effort to rid the city’s most dangerous streets of firearms, officials said Tuesday. The funds came out of money seized during drug arrests, but the $20,000 amount covers only the cost of buying weapons, and doesn’t include staff hours to run the program. “These weapons could have caused significant loss of life and, of course, help perpetuate the cycle of gun violence plaguing our streets,” Sheriff Richard Berdnik said at a press conference before a table covered with 64 working firearms....
  • 1836 Colt Revolver Sets World Record Price For A Single Firearm ($977,500)

    10/07/2011 9:06:18 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    Heritage Auctions ^ | 20 Sept 2011 | unattributed
    FULL TITLE: 1836 Colt Revolver Sets World Record Price For A Single Firearm, Bringing $977,500 At Greg Martin Auctions/Heritage Auctions In Dallas DALLAS, TX – An exceptional, rare and fine ivory-gripped Texas, or Holster Model No. 5, Paterson Revolver from the Al Cali Collection realized $977,500 as part of Greg Martin Auctions/Heritage Auctions Sept. 18 Signature® Arms & Armor Auction in Dallas, setting a world record price realized for a single Firearm sold at auction. All prices include 15 % Buyer’s premium. It was purchased by an unidentified West Coast collector, who auction house officials will only identify as a...
  • NJ Teacher Defends "Future Criminals" Comment

    08/25/2011 5:56:46 AM PDT · by Puppage · 39 replies
    NBCNewYork.com ^ | 08/25/2011
    A New Jersey first grade teacher who wrote that she was a "warden for future criminals" on Facebook says she was speaking "out of frustration to their behavior." Jennifer O'Brien defended herself Wednesday at an administration hearing that will determine whether the tenured Paterson teacher should lose her job. O'Brien told an administrative law judge she wrote the post in exasperation because six or seven unruly first-graders kept disrupting her lessons. She said one boy had recently hit her. The teacher posted her remark to 333 friends on March 28. However, it was forwarded and led critics to call her...
  • Paterson Makes Last-Minute Deal With Feds On Illegal Immigrants

    12/31/2010 6:48:12 AM PST · by Shady · 63 replies
    AM 810 WGY ^ | 12/31/2010 | Staff
    Governor Paterson has made one more major policy decision before he leaves office tonight. The Democrat is announcing a deal with the federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to take a hands-off approach to illegal aliens without serious criminal records. The agreement calls for ICE to move to deport illegal immigrants charged with felonies--instead of those whose only crime is illegally crossing the border.
  • New York Governor Vetoes Fracking Bill

    12/13/2010 2:30:04 PM PST · by epithermal · 30 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 11, 2010 | Tom Zeller Jr.
    Gov. David A. Paterson of New York on Saturday vetoed legislation intended to curtail natural gas development using the technique called hydraulic fracturing until a closer review of its effects can be undertaken. Instead, the governor issued an executive order instituting a moratorium that extends until July 1, 2011 — beyond the date specified in the legislation — and that more narrowly defines the types of drilling to be restricted. “This legislation, which was well intentioned, would have a serious impact on our state if signed into law,” Mr. Paterson said in a prepared statement. “Enacting this legislation would put...
  • Industry, enviros praise NY gas-drilling time-out

    12/12/2010 8:40:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 3+ views
    Bay News 9 Tampa Bay ^ | December 12, 2010 | AP
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Environmental groups and energy companies both claimed victory after Gov. David Paterson ordered a seven-month moratorium on some natural gas drilling in the state, although environmentalists would have preferred the broader ban that the Legislature had approved. The outgoing Democratic governor vetoed a bill on Saturday that would have suspended all new natural-gas drilling permits until May 15. Instead, he issued an executive order prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing of horizontally drilled wells, such as those in the Marcellus Shale region of southern New York. The order stands until July 1...
  • No Last Push by Paterson to Legalize Gay Marriage

    12/02/2010 8:21:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 1, 2010 | THOMAS KAPLAN
    Gov. David A. Paterson, still unhappy about the defeat last year of a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage, reached out to lawmakers recently to see if they would approve it during the lame-duck session this year. But even the most ardent supporters of the bill, which was resoundingly rejected by the State Senate last December, said the measure would meet the same fate if it were brought to the floor now, and the governor, apparently reaching the same conclusion, has abandoned the idea. Mr. Paterson described his frustrations over the defeat of the legislation, which was one of...
  • Gov. Paterson signs land settlement for Catskills casino

    11/23/2010 8:16:13 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 22, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MONTICELLO, N.Y. — Gov. David Paterson on Monday signed a land settlement with a Wisconsin tribe that could give New York state leaders something they have been trying to get for decades: a casino within day-tripping distance of the lucrative New York City market. The deal to settle a decades-old land claim by the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans in central New York’s Madison County comes in exchange for state support of a tribal casino about 100 miles northwest of New York City...
  • Gov. Paterson says the Republicans most likely have taken control of the state Senate

    11/04/2010 3:10:38 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 10 replies
    ALBANY - Count Gov. Paterson among those who think the Republicans won control of the state Senate on Election Day. Paterson, during his weekly radio appearance on WOR this morning, contradicted the hopeful spin coming from Senate Democrats and said it's likely the GOP will be in charge of the Senate in 2011. Citing the narrow leads held by GOP challengers in key Buffalo and Long Island races, Paterson told Gambling this morning that "it is probable that \[GOP Sen. Dean\] Skelos is right, that he will be the majority leader of the Senate in 2011. So that's a significant...
  • Paterson Offers Aid To Move Ground Zero Mosque [Location Ideas?]

    08/10/2010 2:49:19 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/10/2010 | AP
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. David Paterson is offering state help if the developers of a proposed mosque near ground zero agree to move the project farther from the site of the Sept. 11 attack. He says some state property elsewhere might be suitable. (...)
  • Unions Attack Governor Paterson's Call for Worker Layoffs (Hope & change for 200,000 Obama voters)

    07/26/2010 4:10:47 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    1010 Wins ^ | 7/26/10 | AP/1010 wins
    Labor leaders on Monday accused New York Gov. David Paterson of using union families as political pawns by preparing a plan that could lead to layoffs of state workers in coming months. Paterson told The Associated Press Sunday that a late budget and declining revenues from taxes and the federal government is forcing an immediate "real conversation" about laying off some of the state's more than 200,000 workers before Jan. 1.
  • Some Muslims Avoid July 4 Events

    07/04/2002 3:16:24 AM PDT · by kattracks · 27 replies · 187+ views
    AP | 7/04/02 | WAYNE PARRY
    NEWARK, N.J., Jul 04, 2002 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Mohamed El Filali like some other Muslims across the nation plans to avoid large public gatherings over the holiday for fear he'll be mistaken for a terrorist by edgy law enforcement officers or suspicious citizens. "As a Muslim, especially during this specific holiday, I have a concern of being racially profiled by the police and the federal agents," said El Filali, an official with the American Muslim Union based in nearby Paterson. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, carried out by Islamic extremists, El Filali's fears are...
  • Conn. strikes back

    07/25/2010 3:47:20 AM PDT · by Scanian · 22 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 25, 2010 | Editorial
    Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell is going to war, it seems, in an effort to lure New York hedge funds to her state. Who can blame her? Albany, after all, attacked first — by moving to wrest millions in tax revenue from her state and New Jersey. In the end, alas, New York might turn out to be the big loser. As The Post noted Thursday, Rell’s rolling out the red carpet for hedge-fund bigwigs, offering to meet them over dinner at a fancy Darien steakhouse. She wants to discuss “Connecticut’s advantages” — particularly in the face of Albany’s plan to...
  • Teacher's reason for controversial Cuba trip: I'm a communist

    07/20/2010 3:36:03 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    nypost.com ^ | July 20, 2010 | RICH CALDER
    A Manhattan high school history teacher, who resigned under fire after taking students on a spring-break "Club Red" field trip to Cuba three years ago, is a self-proclaimed Communist who tried justifying the jaunt by telling Education officials he needed to see Fidel Castro one more time before the dictator died. .... Turner, whose class walls were adorned with posters of Castro and Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, resigned in 2008. Besides placing full blame on Turner, 39, for violating federal restrictions for traveling to Cuba, the report also fully exonerates the school’s principal, Ruth Lacey. .... Lacey, the report says,...
  • Gov. Paterson turns to higher power by wearing red string kabbalah bracelet to ward off evil

    07/15/2010 4:43:28 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 32 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 07/15/2010 | Celeste Katz
    Gov. Paterson is counting on a Madonna-blessed higher power to lead him out of the mess in Albany. The lame-duck governor has begun wearing a red string kabbalah bracelet - just like the Material Girl - in an eyebrow-raising bid to deflect ill will. "It was explained to the governor that the red string is a symbol of protection [that] wards off problems and tribulations," Paterson spokesman Morgan Hook said. ...
  • Paterson to Emcee Rangel's Birthday Bash (Plaza Hotel, Aug 11 - Tax-cheat Charlie has turned 80!)

    07/14/2010 11:51:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NY Observer ^ | 7/14/10 | Reid Pillifant
    Paterson to Emcee Rangel's Birthday BashBy Reid Pillifant July 14, 2010 | 4:09 p.m Charlie Rangel will celebrate his 80th birthday in style next month, with Aretha Franklin contributing vocals and local Democrats providing plenty of R-E-S-P-E-C-T. The invitiation lists the attendees: both U.S. Senators, all three statewide electeds, all three citywide electeds, plus Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and unnamed colleagues from the congressional delegation. Of course, the outpouring of support--even for a congressman facing ethics charges--isn't terribly surprising, since they're almost all Democrats coming to pay tribute to a local legend. The one non-Democrat on the list: Mayor Michael...
  • First-Ever Government Shutdown Looms as Albany mulls Paterson's Spending Plans

    06/13/2010 2:24:18 PM PDT · by Qbert · 20 replies · 763+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/11/2010 | Kenneth Lovett
    ALBANY - New York enters the weekend on the brink of its first-ever government shutdown. Gov. Paterson unveiled his latest emergency spending bill Friday - it's stuffed with $327 million in cuts to mental health and social service programs. "We think we have put a bill together that has cuts that are reasonable, cuts that we believe the Legislature could live with, and spending they know we need to do," said Paterson budget director Robert Megna. The Legislature is due to vote on the plan Monday, though its fate is unclear in the state Senate. If lawmakers vote it down,...
  • Chaos, Anarchy To Reign If Paterson Shuts Down NY

    06/10/2010 5:10:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies · 885+ views
    http://wcbstv.com/ ^ | June 10, 2010 | Marcia Kramer
    ALBANY (CBS) ― Chaos and anarchy. That's what New York Gov. David Paterson is warning if he's forced to shut down the government in a few days. The clowns in the state Legislature, now deadlocked for 71 days on the budget, are ready to take down the "big tent" and bring state government to a standstill. At least that's what Paterson thinks. "No one knows the full ramifications of a government shutdown," said Paterson. "It would create unimaginable chaos around the state and the greater metropolitan areas."
  • Dave dares 'em: Paterson finds way to force gutless Legislature towards cuts

    06/09/2010 7:41:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 38+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | June 7th 2010 | Masthead Editorial
    Who'd a thunk that David Paterson might be the governor who found the way to cut New York's out-of-control, Constitution-defying, money-grows-on-trees Legislature down to size. Paterson has hit upon a maneuver that holds enormous promise for reestablishing proper gubernatorial authority after he and his predecessors frittered away their power, allowing Albany to sink into dysfunction. He has sent the Legislature a bill that's needed to keep the government functioning because lawmakers have failed to pass a budget that closes a $9.2 billion deficit. They were supposed to do so by April 1. There's no sign that they'll develop the courage...
  • New York's 29th Congressional District Denied Representation

    06/05/2010 5:10:50 AM PDT · by mewzilla · 14 replies · 536+ views
    For now, NY-29 residents wait patiently for a verdict to be handed down by the local district federal court that plans to release its ruling this week -- an unnecessary imperative for the residents who want nothing more than to have their voices heard in Washington and a plight that is only too recognizable in the national polls.
  • Gov hopeful Lazio rips Cuomo

    06/03/2010 3:39:30 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies · 307+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 1, 2010 | SALLY GOLDENBERG
    On the eve of the state Republican convention, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Rick Lazio yesterday glossed over inter-party squabbling and came out swinging against Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo. "People -- I don't care if they're Democrats or Independents or Republicans -- look at Andrew Cuomo trying to run against the establishment and they laugh. Andrew Cuomo is the establishment," Lazio said during a Memorial Day parade in Queens yesterday. The former Republican congressman from Long Island went on to criticize Cuomo -- the state's popular attorney general who is considered difficult to beat in the race to replace departing Gov. Paterson...
  • N.Y. Governor Plans Mass Layoff of Government Workers to Balance Budget

    06/01/2010 8:01:50 AM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 24 replies · 728+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6/1/10 | AP
    A member of New York Gov. David Paterson's administration said the governor is putting together a plan that would lay off thousands of government workers at the beginning of next year to help balance the state budget. The administration official confirmed a report Tuesday in The New York Times that Paterson will direct state agencies to begin picking positions that could be eliminated starting Jan. 1. That date marks the expiration of the no-layoffs pledge Paterson gave public employee unions last year in exchange for an agreement to reduce pension costs. It would also be the day Paterson leaves office....
  • RINO Fixers Are Part of the GOP’s Problem

    05/26/2010 9:14:47 AM PDT · by IndePundit · 7 replies · 289+ views
    National Review Online | February 26, 2009 | Deroy Murdock
    At the state level, governors like New York’s George Pataki and California’s Arnold Schwarzenegger pandered to government-employee unions and opened the spending spigots, to taxpayers’ ongoing horror. Other culprits include the state-level influence peddlers who seem more interested in cash than in free-market and conservative principles.New York ’s former U.S. senator Alfonse D’Amato is a perfect example of this breed. “Senator Pothole” personally discovered an obscure state senator, George Pataki, from Peekskill, N.Y. After being muscled through the state GOP convention, Pataki scored the party’s nomination and won the governorship in 1994. After some limited first-term tax cutting, Pataki’s spend-o-rama...
  • Judge considers forcing Gov. Paterson to fill congressional seat sooner (NY: Massa seat)

    05/26/2010 6:02:30 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 191+ views
    The Post-Standard ^ | May 26, 2010, 7:36AM | By Jim O'Hara
    A federal judge in Rochester is now considering whether to compel Gov. David Paterson to order an early special election to fill the seat of former U.S. Rep. Eric Massa. U.S. District Judge David Larimer reserved decision after listening to legal arguments Tuesday afternoon. He indicated he would issue a written decision, according to Syracuse lawyer John Cirando. Cirando is representing three Southern Tier residents who filed the lawsuit seeking to compel the governor to hold a special election to fill the seat in the 29th District. Paterson recently ordered a special election to be held on Election Day, but...
  • New York State Opens a Door to Vote Fraud

    05/10/2010 11:33:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 1,059+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 11, 2010 | David Pietrusza
    Card check -- the scheme that violates the traditional American freedom of the secret ballot in labor union organizing elections -- has just captured a beachhead in New York State general election law, arguably opening the floodgates to massive ACORN-style voter fraud and intimidation. The event at hand involves absentee ballot "reforms" hurriedly signed into law by New York's hapless accidental governor David A. Paterson. In the era before the Australian "secret ballot" came to America, voting could be a tricky -- and often violent -- proposition. Goons from such big-city machines as Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall knew how you...
  • NY-29: Governor Sued Over Vacant Seat

    05/07/2010 8:21:45 AM PDT · by Ludicrous · 2 replies · 357+ views
    13WHAM.com ^ | 5/3/2010 | Reported by: Sean Carroll
    Rochester, NY --- Three people demanding a U.S. Congressman are suing the Governor of New York to get one. A lawsuit filed late Monday in federal court is aimed at compelling Gov. David Paterson to declare a special election in the state’s 29th Congressional District. This is the same seat Eric Massa resigned effective March 9th, nearly two months ago
  • Paterson Move May Help Immigrants Facing Deportation

    05/04/2010 8:28:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 365+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 3, 2010 | DANNY HAKIM AND JEREMY W. PETERS
    ALBANY — In a major rebuke of federal immigration policy, Gov. David A. Paterson announced on Monday that he would create a special pardon panel to review cases involving legal immigrants who are at risk of deportation for minor or old convictions. Mr. Paterson’s move will give many immigrants facing deportation renewed hope and places the governor into the middle of the country’s immigration debate. The announcement comes as the federal government has taken an increasingly hard line in its interpretation of existing immigration law, leaving a growing number of legal immigrants who have criminal records facing deportation. “Some of...
  • Paterson seeks to furlough 100,000 workers a week

    04/27/2010 5:29:35 PM PDT · by 198ml · 8 replies · 460+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/27/10
    Gov. David A. Paterson will ask the State Legislature to let him begin furloughing as many as 100,000 state workers each week until the stalled 2010 state budget is in place. The governor today also said the state's fiscal picture is at crisis proportions, and wants lawmakers to also end their three-day workweek in Albany and remain at the Capitol at least five days a week until the budget is adopted. “I’m trying not to be acrimonious,” Paterson told reporters this afternoon.
  • Paterson to NY-29: Drop Dead - The governor deems that a congressman for western New York is...

    04/22/2010 1:38:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 739+ views
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 22, 2010 4:00 A.M. | Jim Geraghty
    Paterson to NY-29: Drop DeadThe governor deems that a congressman for western New York is optional.  Remember Rep. Eric Massa (D., N.Y.)? It’s understandable that you may not want to remember the Tickle-Me Congressman, and his scandalous departure is receding further into history; it has been a full six weeks since he resigned from Congress.His former seat in the House of Representatives has remained vacant since March 8, and while it’s not uncommon for a district to have no representation for a few weeks after a death or unexpected resignation, Gov. David Paterson hasn’t even declared a vacancy. Under New...
  • Governor Paterson Plans to Offer Legislation to Bail Out NYC Off Track Betting Corp.

    04/14/2010 3:20:48 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 7 replies · 417+ views
    1010wins ^ | 04/13/10 | AP/1010wins
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/1010 WINS) -- Gov. David Paterson plans to offer legislation Wednesday to bail out the troubled New York City Off Track Betting Corp. for a year.
  • Watch your back, Kirsten (Cuomo's looking for a gig)

    03/30/2010 9:25:07 PM PDT · by dangus · 5 replies · 317+ views
    Vanity ^ | 3-31-10 | Dangus
    Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is very popular in New York. Governor David Paterson and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand are not... and they're both up for re-election. Conventional wisdom has had it that Cuomo will run for one of their jobs: Paterson's. Amidst unsourced press reports that Cuomo would begin his campaign for governor sometime in March, Paterson even announced he would not be seeking re-election. But now March has come and just about gone, and there's no announcement. Cuomo, in fact, keeps insisting he's running for attorney general. But it's hard to believe the heretofore ruthless politician, suddenly lacks any ambition...
  • (New York) State put freeze on hiring, then added 51,464 people

    03/28/2010 9:24:09 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 48 replies · 937+ views
    The Post-Standard-Syracuse NY ^ | March 28, 2010, 5:00AM | By Delen Goldberg
    Gov. David Paterson ordered a “hard” hiring freeze in state government nearly two years ago, declaring that only “absolutely essential” positions be filled. But state officials hired 51,464 people at a cost to taxpayers of more than $1 billion in salaries, plus fringe benefits, since that decree on July 30, 2008. The hires include sons of elected officials, a close friend of the governor’s and a slew of highly paid political appointees. Former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll, for example, makes $155,000 a year in an environmental job the governor created for him. Paterson hired an executive assistant at $178,000 a...
  • Paterson Seen With Key Role in Abuse Case

    03/26/2010 6:17:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 498+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 25, 2010 | DANNY HAKIM, WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
    Gov. David A. Paterson personally helped draft a statement last month that he hoped would be endorsed by a woman involved in a domestic dispute with one of his top aides, proposing language asserting that there had been no violence in the encounter, according to three people with knowledge of the governor’s role. On the night of Feb. 16, with The New York Times preparing an article on the aide, David W. Johnson, Mr. Paterson told his press secretary the key points that needed to be included in a brief statement that was sent to the woman, Mr. Johnson’s former...
  • Unions rally against proposed soda tax

    03/24/2010 11:39:40 AM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 11 replies · 321+ views
    The Record (Troy, NY) ^ | March 24,2010 | Jessica Pasko
    ALBANY — Union members rallied Tuesday to protest Gov. David Paterson’s proposed tax on sugary soft drinks, which they believe will kill jobs and hurt working families. Labor union officials say the state is trying to pretend that it’s a public health issue, when it’s “nothing more than a money grab.” “This tax is not about obesity, it’s about raising revenue,” said George Miranda, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 16, which represents 125,000 union workers in the New York metropolitan area.
  • New York State Tax Refunds Put On Hold (CORRUPT DEMS AT WORK)

    03/18/2010 3:59:00 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 1,225+ views
    Gov. Paterson Freezes $500 Million, Says Financial Situation The Case, Won't Start Sending Again Until April 1 Embattled Governor: $1.5 Billion In School Aid Next To Be Halted NEW YORK (CBS) ― For hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, the check won't be in the mail -- at least not on time. New York State has stopped paying tax refunds and won't start again until next month. The tax refund delay is part of a bigger cash crunch. Message to New Yorkers: don't start spending your tax refund money because it's going to be delayed. Half a billion dollars' worth...
  • Paterson's press secretary resigns amid scandal ( New York )

    03/17/2010 11:54:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies · 281+ views
    ap ^ | March 17, 2010
    Gov. David Paterson's press secretary is resigning, making her the fourth top staffer to resign amid scandals that threaten the administration. Press Secretary Marissa Shorenstein says she is quitting because her reported role in one of the scandals makes her unable to do her job effectively... Paterson's communications director, deputy public safety secretary and state police superintendent have also resigned.
  • State Police Losing Its Second Chief in Two Weeks (NY)

    03/09/2010 4:12:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 318+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 9, 2010 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    The New York State Police lost its second leader in a matter of days on Tuesday when the agency’s acting superintendent, Pedro J. Perez, announced that he would retire as of Friday. Mr. Perez, the State Police’s first deputy superintendent, had been serving as acting superintendent since last Tuesday, when his predecessor, Harry J. Corbitt, resigned from his post. Mr. Corbitt’s resignation followed by a week his admission that state troopers had contacted a woman who had accused a top aide to Gov. David A. Paterson of assaulting her last Halloween, an intervention that is being investigated by Attorney General...
  • Archbishop Dolan is praying for David Paterson (personal connection)

    03/08/2010 3:07:57 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 145+ views
    Times Union ^ | March 8, 2010 | Jimmy Vielkind
    Archbishop Timothy Dolan (Jimmy Vielkind/Times Union) Archbishop Timothy Dolan is at the Capitol for his annual visit today, joining other Catholic bishops from around the state in asking the governor (and legislators) to be wary of hurting the poor with budget cuts.Several reporters spoke with Dolan, the spiritual leader of Catholics in Manhattan and the Bronx, who was asked what he might say to Gov. Paterson given the accusations swirling around him.“Jim, thanks for bringing that up. That’s a delicate question on our mind. If he wanted to talk about that, Jim, we would be happy to. First and...
  • Paterson finds balm in Harlem

    03/06/2010 3:16:56 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 25 replies · 466+ views
    Times Union ^ | 3-6-10 | Rick Karlin
    Gov. David Paterson has been given a reprieve of sorts and it came from a normally friendly, familiar faction of the state's body politic. A group of New York's senior African-American political leaders had gathered Thursday night at the storied Sylvia's soul food restaurant in Harlem to discuss the fate of the governor, the scion of one of their members. They concluded that, despite the calls for his resignation, people should wait for the investigations surrounding the governor to play out before any rush to judgment. "We should not have a mentality that would rob him of the rights he...
  • An Epic Spree of Mischief

    03/05/2010 6:59:47 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 2 replies · 423+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-06-10 | JACOB GERSHMAN AND MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL
    New York Politicians Extend Era of Malfeasance With a Fresh Wave of Scandals ALBANY, N.Y.—The Empire State this week managed a rare trifecta of disgrace. First, Gov. David A. Paterson became embroiled in dueling scandals that ran the gamut of allegations from corruption to obstruction of justice to perjury. Next was Rep. Charles Rangel, the dean of New York's delegation, who relinquished the chairmanship of the prestigious House Ways and Means Committee after an ethics panel chastised the Harlem Democrat for accepting corporate-sponsored junkets to the Caribbean.
  • Paterson, Spitzer, Sharpton — An Eternal Golden Braid

    03/05/2010 6:34:41 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 322+ views
    Commentary ^ | 03.05.2010 | John Podhoretz
    New York Governor David Paterson attempted to suppress an investigation into an aide’s alleged beating of said aide’s girlfriend, and lied to an ethics panel about the free tickets he scored to the World Series. In this, he follows Eliot Spitzer, whom he succeeded after Spitzer attempted to convince a banker to contravene federal banking laws (that is actually why he had to resign, not because he hired a prostitute, but since prosecutors decided for unclear reasons not to indict him, that part is forgotten). Paterson, in his sure-to-fail attempt to hold on to power for a few more months,...
  • Influence, Corruption, and Misconduct: Albany's Lesson for America

    03/05/2010 4:15:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 234+ views
    American Thinker ^ | March 05, 2010 | Michael Filozof
    February was not a kind month to New York State politicians. Last week, only a few days after declaring his candidacy, New York Gov. David Paterson announced that he would not run for reelection. Why the sudden change? It came to light that one of Paterson's top aides was accused of assaulting his live-in girlfriend in New York City, and that members of the Governor's State Police security detail urged her to avoid pressing charges. The night before the woman was to appear in court to seek a restraining order against the aide, Gov. Paterson himself called to "chat." She...
  • With Massa, Democrats' Bad Week Just Got Worse (Seat filled by special election or mid-terms)

    03/05/2010 4:06:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 909+ views
    NPR ^ | 3/05/10
    With Massa, Democrats' Bad Week Just Got WorseBy Liz Halloran March 5, 2010 4:57 pm The Democrats' very bad week just got worse. First-term New York Rep. Eric Massa, the subject of a House ethics investigation for allegedly harassing a male staffer, announced Friday that he will resign. Massa's plan to officially step down Monday comes just two days after longtime Rep. Charles Rangel, also under an ethics cloud, was forced to resign as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. In fact, a resignation announcement that Massa posted on his congressional website sits just above his statement...
  • Fate in doubt as Paterson is teetering (Grab your popcorn and watch the Rats implode alert)

    03/05/2010 4:43:26 AM PST · by Zakeet · 19 replies · 883+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | March 5, 20`0 | Tom Precious
    Gov. David A. Paterson’s administration is “listing,” his handpicked party chairman said Thursday, and the governor even remained silent when asked by reporters whether he would still be in office next week. Another top aide fled the administration Thursday, as Peter E. Kauffmann, the governor’s communications director, quit, saying he could not “in good conscience” continue. It was the exact same line used last week by Denise E. O’Donnell, the governor’s top criminal-justice official, who resigned in protest as just one of Paterson’s several new scandals surfaced. The resignation of Kauffmann, now the third top official to leave in a...