Liu Calls on Paterson to Resign
February 26th, 2010
City Comptroller John Liu is calling on Gov. David Paterson to resign. He says the state needs Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch at the helm to deal with the budget crisis. A number of other legislators want Ravitch to head budget negotiations. There is likely to be a tide of calls for Paterson’s resignation in the coming days.
Here is Liu’s statement:
“We have a $4.1 billion budget deficit to grapple with in New York City and cannot make real progress until the State budget is resolved on time one month from now.† In order for this to happen, we need Governor Paterson to step down now.† Richard Ravitch has an abundance of integrity, experience and creativity.† As Governor, Richard Ravitch would be the person most able to steer clear of politics, bring people together, and bring about a balanced, on-time state budget.
“I have stood by my friend and Governor David Paterson until today. David Paterson is a fighter whose commitment to the overall well-being of New Yorkers is without doubt, and deserves our thanks for his service.† Given New York’s precarious fiscal situation and the investigation involving the Governor, even if self-imposed, New York should move forward under Governor Ravitch.”By David King on February 26, 2010, 4:07 pm
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