David Paterson Nominated For MTA Gig; Paul McCartney To Blame
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he's nominating disastrous former Governor David Paterson to serve on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority -- and we have the "cute" Beatle to blame for Patterson's return to public life.
Paterson will replace former Board member Nancy Shevell, who resigned from her post in January after marrying Paul McCartney in October. Shevell served on the board since 2001.
Despite Paterson's brief -- but horrific -- reign over the Empire State, Cuomo's got nothin' but love for his fellow Dem.
"Governor Paterson has dedicated his life to working for the people of this state and I am excited that he will continue his public service at the MTA," Cuomo says in a statement. "Governor Paterson's energy, expertise, and experience will benefit the millions of New Yorkers who rely on the MTA every day. I look forward to working together as we continue to reform the MTA and improve service for New Yorkers."
Since leaving the Governor's Mansion -- at the request of President Barack Obama -- Paterson's filled his days as a talk radio host on WOR.
Paterson, as you may recall, took over for shamed former Governor Elliot Spitzer, who, it turned out, had a bit of a thing for hookers.
In 2009, when faced with a $15 billion budget deficit, Paterson decided to tax the crap out of New Yorkers -- he proposed an 18-percent "obesity tax" on all non-diet soft drinks, and a four-percent "service tax" on haircuts, for example.
Cuomo's nomination of Paterson still needs approval from the state Senate.
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