If the dysfunction of this election cycle hasn't totally pulverized you yet, here's another epic bungle to behold: David Paterson endorsed Scott Stringer for comptroller months ago, long before Eliot Spitzer, a friend of Paterson's and the man whose sex scandal made him governor, declared his candi ... More >>
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 Shev ... More >>
Today is just brimming with news about gone, but not forgotten New York politicians. First, the people of the city learned that they will no longer be able to watchEliot Spitzer's cable television show, and now it's been brought to our attention that Spitzer's replacement in office, David Pat ... More >>
Ex-Governor David Paterson has paid his fine of $62,125 for accepting complimentary tickets to a 2009 Yankees World Series game. The tickets were for himself, his two aides, his teenage son, and his son's friend. They were originally priced at $425, which means Paterson comes out with a loss ... More >>
One of the most promising lines in our new governor's inauguration speech was his pledge "to lift the veil of secrecy" now surrounding Albany. This heavy lift began this morning with twin revelations from Andrew Cuomo's administration to that veil-lifting tabloid, the New York Post. First, w ... More >>
Outgoing New York Governor David Paterson, who leaves office on December 31, has been fined $62,125 by the state ethics commission for the complimentary 2009 Yankees World Series tickets he "solicited, accepted, and received." (He used the tickets for himself, two aides, his teenage son, and ... More >>
The day after the election, the Times ran a comparative chart of the personal preferences of the outgoing and incoming governors. Asked how he relaxed at the Governor's Mansion in Albany, David Paterson said: "Reading in the family room." A few days earlier, Joe Fisch, the state's in ... More >>
The federal government has approved New York State's request for aid in cleaning up the wreckage from last month's severe storm and tornadoes. According to a press release issued by Governor Paterson's office this morning, President Barack Obama has declared Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island "fe ... More >>
We have gone to many, many, many LGBT rallies in the past year. Sometimes, it can be disheartening. Last night's "You Are Loved" vigil in Washington Square Park was certainly the most sad, but also, the most touching.
"Fuck SNL and the whole cast," New York governor David Paterson rapped in his comeback single "Power," continuing, "Tell 'em David said they can kiss my whole ass." Now, after years of being somewhat mercilessly tortured by a Fred Armisen caricature (pictured) -- focused on the governor's bli ... More >>
Governor Paterson has delivered a week-long "time-out" to people jabbering and fighting about the proposed downtown Islamic Center. Hey, perhaps it's a good time for a break from our religious intolerance and real estate bitchiness, at least for a little while.
Landlord or bedbug?On what may someday be considered a monumental day in the annals of bedbug history, Governor Paterson has signed into law the bedbug disclosure bill. Yes, starting immediately, New York City landlords have to tell prospective tenants -- in writing -- if there has been a bed ... More >>
Lame-duck governor's inspiring words in defense of liberty
By now, you've heard that Governor Paterson more or less made yesterday's "Race to the Cock" day a better news story when he got rather excited talking about New York's bringing home the federal education bacon: Paterson and Obama have never been close, nor have they ever really supported each ot ... More >>
The emerging new political credo shaping up around the downtown mosque is "No, We Shouldn't," and it has strong bi-partisan support. On the left, Governor David Paterson was on WNYC radio's "The Takeaway" this morning complaining that the situation is "getting more and more out of hand every ... More >>
The governor and David JohnsonIt's a week since Judge Judith Kaye issued her 54-page report exonerating and damning Governor Paterson for his handling of a domestic violence case, and nothing has happened. That's news. Clemmie Harris, who admitted to Kaye that he tried to kill the complaint, ... More >>
There's good news and bad news for Governor Paterson in the just-released report by former chief state Judge Judith Kaye on the fracas stemming from the Halloween night domestic violence incident involving the gov's former top aide. The good news is that Kaye clears Paterson of any criminal ... More >>
poolie/FlickrGovernor Paterson won't take no for an answer: despite the fact his proposed soda tax was killed earlier this month by relentless lobbying and advertising from the beverage industry, he's planning to reintroduce the tax during a special legislative session on Wednesday.
via Daily NewsGovernor Paterson has taken to wearing a red string Kabbalah bracelet (you know, just like Madonna!). Per the Daily News, his spokesman Morgan Hook said, "It was explained to the governor that the red string is a symbol of protection [that] wards off problems and tribulations. H ... More >>
David Paterson would have you believe that he did the only responsible thing by vetoing almost 7,000 appropriation bills passed by his former Democratic colleagues in the Legislature. He is even taking a veto victory tour, sustained by the fact that the Republican minority in the State Senate ... More >>
Taking a breather from the thousands of vetoes he has yet to sign, Governor David Paterson spent three hours last night at B Bar and Grill, right across the street from the Village Voice, drawn, no doubt, by our recent paeans to his wondrous Albany performance. Paterson enjoyed a bottle of ... More >>
Unnoticed amid all the breathless salutes to Tough Guy David Paterson, who is supposedly standing up to legislative extravagance, was a press release the governor put out yesterday. It announced a rescue plan for North General Hospital, a sponge for millions in special state financing that once emp ... More >>
It's triple witching hour for budget-crunch time, but the investigation that the governor wants everyone to forget popped back onto the public radar this morning. The Times reports that David Paterson's former top aide has taken the Fifth Amendment in two separate inquiries. Citing an unnamed ... More >>
The biggest joke in Albany these days is the supposed rehabilitation of David Paterson. The New York Post kicked it off with an editorial salute on Thursday, June 17. By Monday, the Associated Press was posting a profile-in-courage hurrah, calling him "a bit of a hero in a time that despera ... More >>
No, you can't have one. Maybe you can give me a dollar for a loosie. Probably not, though. It's bad for you anyway. A deal between Gov. David Paterson and state legislatures will give New York the highest cigarette tax in the United States of America, raising prices by $1.60 per pack, or near ... More >>
New York Governor David Paterson is now talking about laying off thousands of state workers as part of a plan to balance the state budget. And he just brought some state workers' union leaders into the fold, by talking some serious smack on them.
voxefxtm/FlickrIn March, Governor Paterson announced plans to ditch his soda tax, thanks to $1.3 billion of federal stimulus money. But the soda tax is apparently still alive and well, and living under an assumed name: it's now called the modified sugar-sweetened beverage tax.
When David Paterson's poll numbers were hovering around the New York Knicks' winning percentage, President Barack Obama pretty much dropped a bomb, telling Governor Paterson he should straight up not run for office. Since then, the two haven't exactly been bros. When Obama swung through Buf ... More >>
Maybe it's just David Paterson fatigue. The media is so tired of kicking the governor around that we're letting him posture as a bulwark against fiscal madness when he's one of its causes. It took a federal judge a minute or two to figure out that Paterson's furlough plan was an illegal vio ... More >>
State civil service unions are in court trying to block the day-a-week unpaid furloughs that Governor Paterson maneuvered the legislature into approving this week. The unions face an uphill battle, both in and out of court and you'd think that, given their heavy lift, they'd be trying to mak ... More >>
Governor Paterson has hopped on the blog train with Straight Talk, Straight Answers, which would be far more interesting if it were called Crooked Talk, Crooked Answers, but we suppose that sort of thing doesn't fly in Albany. The governor and senior administration officials say they will use ... More >>
It's gonna be nice out this weekend, folks. Real nice. And we deserve it. The forecast for us at Voice HQ is in the 60s and sunny. Perfect for pillow fights, patio pinochle, and ... park-going, obviously.
Yes, the New York Times has yet again demonstrated how a governor's bumbling attempts at a cover-up for his personal aide were as insipid as they were bound to fail, which they did. Whatever. Don't act surprised. Nobody else is.
There are only so many ways to say "blunder," "mistake," or "fiasco," before you finally get to "out-and-out-fuckup." Which is where we've arrived today.
The Nation will let you go on a fundraising cruise with Katrina vanden Heuvel for the price of "a modest used car." I've loved her for so long I'm thinking about selling my son's 1996 Honda. Her defense of David Paterson in yesterday's Washington Post, however, was the Edsel of op-eds. And, ... More >>
The Governor hears out Coke & Pepsi.Gov. David Paterson is not known for his moral character, but could he have let Big Soda sway him on the soda tax debate? Despite campaigning aggressively in favor of a penny-per-ounce tax on the price of soda and other sugary drinks, Paterson recently met ... More >>
In a perhaps politically ill-timed decision, Governor Paterson's Executive Budget Summary for the coming year calls for $3 million to be cut from domestic violence programs, according to a coalition of anti-violence service providers. Of the $3 million, $1.25 million will adversely affect th ... More >>
It's just due diligence at this point, but Governor Paterson's latest Quinnipiac poll numbers are as bad as ever: 21 percent job approval, 61 percent disapproval. But voters still don't want him to quit -- in fact, that number went up a little, from 46 to 50 percent in favor of Paterson toughing it ... More >>
How a governor threw himself out of the game
Life gets no easier for Governor Paterson. The Times finds sources who say that, even as the paper was preparing its story on Paterson aide David Johnson -- whose aggressive break-up tactics appear to have been the last straw for Paterson 2010 -- the Governor had his press secretary Marissa Shorenst ... More >>
Once the political establishment has gotten David Paterson not to run again, they turned their attention (as we noticed on Saturday) to getting him to quit. Paterson this morning reiterated: Nothing doing. The Andrew Cuomo probe of Paterson's alleged girl-abusing aide David Johnson doesn't affect ... More >>
It may seem these days as if our leaders may visit upon David Paterson any insult and get away with it, but apparently Sheldon Silver has tested the limits of such behavior. Today in the Daily News, the assembly speaker suggested that maybe Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch -- the governor-presump ... More >>
Another sign that David Paterson's refusal to quit his day job and go home to his Lenox Terrace apartment is driving reasonable people insane appears in Mike Lupica's Monday political column in the Daily News. All is well and good as Lupica The Lip declares that Paterson needs to quit. Then, ... More >>
Probably a lot of this face going around this morning. And for good reason: embattled governor David Paterson is facing questions about the legitimacy of a late January billion dollar-plus contract Paterson awarded shady development corporation AEG to run the slot concession at Aqueduct Racet ... More >>
Governor Paterson launched his election campaign this weekend in a whirlwind tour of Rochester, West Seneca, and Manhattan. Thus buoyed, he told Arnold Schwarzenegger in D.C. today that "I'm the Teflon Governor." You know the poor man can't get away with that kind of good cheer without something ba ... More >>
Incumbent Governor David Paterson is portraying himself as outsider candidate for Governor, and to some extent that's true. He famously doesn't have Obama's support, reportedly doesn't have the support of state Democrats, and most certainly doesn't have the support of the local press. Still, ... More >>
The latest New York Post bombshell on Governor Paterson -- coming hard on the heels of the explosive New York Times revelation that Paterson had sex with multiple partners in closets has an aide who fought with his dates -- is that he talks to Eliot Spitzer. The disgraced ex-Governor, say unn ... More >>
A timeline of recent events indicates that David Paterson's views on the domestic violence case against State Senator Hiram Monserrate may well have been affected by the New York Times' investigation of similar allegations against the governor's top aide and close friend, David Johnson. In Wednesda ... More >>
In what may be the greatest hoax since the Balloon Boy didn't take that cross-country helium flight, the Great Times Probe of Governor Paterson is out and - shockingly - it turns out that the tabloid hype was just that. If not for the massive foreplay that preceded it, the Times story would b ... More >>