David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike

Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)
Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)

Former Gov. David Paterson has an unusual take on the recent power plays between his successor and the new mayor.

In an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s 77 WABC Radio show this morning, Mr. Paterson argued that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was actually doing Mayor Bill de Blasio a favor when he offered to pay for universal pre-K using state money instead of endorsing Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes–and accused Mr. de Blasio of being “intellectually dishonest” in arguing a new tax was necessary to fund the programs. Continue reading “David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike”

David Paterson Passes on Congressional Campaign

David Paterson says he's not running for Congress. (Photo: Steve Mack/Getty Images)
David Paterson. (Photo: Steve Mack/Getty)

Former Gov. David Paterson has ruled out for good a run at Congressman Charlie Rangel’s seat.

“I would like to make it clear that I have no intention of running for Congress in the 13th District, either now or in the future,” Mr. Paterson said in a statement issued this morning to address recent speculation. Continue reading “David Paterson Passes on Congressional Campaign”

Not Every Newspaper Hates Eliot Spitzer

Some newspapers have strong feelings when it comes to Eliot Spitzer.
Some newspapers have strong feelings when it comes to Eliot Spitzer.

Newspaper editorial boards have not been especially kind to ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his return to politics.

The New York Times, New York Post and Daily News all enthusiastically endorsed rival Scott Stringer for comptroller last week, with the two tabloids using extensive editorial space–including their covers- to excoriate Mr. Spitzer over his gubernatorial record and infamous prostitution scandal.

But one Queens weekly, at least, is reversing the trend.

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Paterson Stumps for Stringer, But Can’t Say Why Voters Should Pick Him

Former Gov. David Paterson campaigns with Scott Stringer in Harlem this morning.
Former Gov. David Paterson campaigns with Scott Stringer in Harlem this morning. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

Former Gov. David Paterson campaigned with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer this morning outside a subway stop in Harlem, but the appearance quickly turned awkward as the former governor refused to criticize Mr. Spitzer’s opponent: his former boss

Mr. Paterson, who served under Eliot Spitzer as lieutenant governor and took over when he resigned, repeatedly refused to answer a simple question: why voters should choose the little-known Stringer over Mr. Spitzer, who is leading the polls in the comptroller’s race.

“I’m not going to answer the question of why they should choose Scott over Eliot. That’s your question. I didn’t ask that question and I’m not answering it,” said Mr. Paterson, who had endorsed Mr. Stringer long before Mr. Spitzer entered the race.

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Paterson Thinks Weiner Spurred Spitzer’s Run

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Former Gov. David Paterson. (Photo: Getty)

Eliot Spitzer’s gubernatorial successor David Paterson, a close ally and former ticket-mate of the new city comptroller candidate, believes Anthony Weiner’s strong showing in the Democratic mayoral primary helped motivate Mr. Spitzer to leap into the race days before the petitioning deadline.

“I think that decision was made within the last week,” Mr. Paterson told radio host Curtis Sliwa yesterday, suggesting a fellow scandal-scarred pol’s success informed Mr. Spitzer’s decision. “Maybe the governor saw the way in which Congressman Weiner is holding his own in the Democratic primary.”

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David Paterson Hints at Congressional Campaign

David Paterson. (Photo: Getty)
David Paterson. (Photo: Getty)

Former Governor David Paterson, who took the state’s top executive post after Eliot Spitzer suddenly resigned amid a prostitution scandal, says he might not be done with politics just yet.

“I love public service. I love the people who do it,” Mr. Paterson answered this morning when asked whether he’d run for veteran Congressman Charlie Rangel’s seat if the incumbent retired. “I would listen to people.”

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Former Gov. David Paterson Falls Victim to Round of Radio Station Layoffs

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Former Governor David Paterson’s time hosting his two-hour daily radio show has officially come to an abrupt end.

Earlier today, FishbowlNY reported a “bloodbath” of layoffs at WOR News Talk Radio, one of which was New York’s accidental governor, who surprisingly assumed office in 2008 after Governor Eliot Spitzer’s infamous hooker-induced resignation.

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