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Governor Paterson, The “Hammer” Part Deux – State of the State

NY Governor David Paterson outlines his plan for economic recovery in New York –


Posted by on January 10, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life


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NY Governor David Paterson Wins a Big One

Been a tough week for NY Governor Paterson. Both the Obama Administration and the DNC are encouraging him not to run for Governor in 2010 based on his low poll numbers.

New York Governor David Paterson

New York Governor David Paterson

Adding to his woes has been the circus in the New York Senate, now deadlocked 31-31 votes Democrat/Republican. To break this deadlock, Governor Paterson appointed a new LT Governor to replace the seat he vacated when he moved to Governor after Elliot Spitzer’s resignation.

Republicans howled, and sued to block the appointment, which would provide a tie braking vote and make the Senate functional again.

New York court upholds governor’s appointment of lieutenant

New York State’s highest court on Tuesday ruled that Governor David Paterson has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, granting the embattled governor a surprise victory in a case brought by Senate Republicans.

The New York Court of Appeals voted 4 to 3 that the governor “has the authority to fill a vacancy in the office of lieutenant-governor by appointment,” the ruling said.

Paterson, who himself became governor from his position as lieutenant governor under Eliot Spitzer, has said he is running for office, despite the reports that the Obama administration is concerned he could drag down New York’s Democratic members of Congress and the Democratic-controlled state legislature.

The ruling is from the New York Court of Appeals in Dean G. Skelos et al, vs. David Paterson et al, No. 183.

Paterson is running – and he just might surprise some folks.


Posted by on September 22, 2009 in News


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Governor David Paterson of NY… Drops the Hammer!

Update -09/12/2009. Looks like the good folks of New York suffered another terrorist attack on 9/11 –

ALBANY— Republicans in the State Senate blocked a plan to overhaul the state’s ethics laws Thursday night, the latest blow to attempts to reform New York’s scandal-prone government.

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Facing 5 weeks of political stalemate and vicious gridlock in the NY Senate which has brought the state of New York nearly to it’s knees –

Governor Paterson drops the hammer. And no, it isn’t the appointment of the new Lt. Governor…

He’s suspended the Senator’s paychecks and expense vouchers!

Since they can’t pass any legislation – they can’t even get a bribe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 9, 2009 in You Know It's Bad When...


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Governor Paterson Drops the Hammer

NY Governor David Paterson

NY Governor David Paterson

The New York State Senate has been embroiled in a bitter controversy and gridlock for several weeks now. Two Democrat Senators, both of whom appear to have been under investigation for illicit activities suddenly decided to jump the fence and become Republicans under seedy, if not downright questionable circumstances. The jump resulted in moving majority control of the New York State Senate to the Republicans, who had – until the current session ruled for 30 years.

The Democrats protested, and fought back – resulting in one of the Senators returning to the Democrat Party, and a 31-31 gridlock. Emotions are running extremely high, with Democrats accusing Republicans of shady dealings.

Meanwhile, the people’s business is at a standstill.

In steps the Gov. Whose indecision and missteps in the selection of a Senator to fill Hillary Clinton’s vacant seat resulted in his popularity rating being only slightly higher than Dick Cheney’s and Swine Flu.

I smell a comeback!

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