Paterson Makes a Connection
October 29th, 2008

Gov. David Paterson last night linked two seemingly barely related issues: the recent City Council vote on extending term limits and the way the state draws legislative districts. Taking a short break from the state’s fiscal crisis, Paterson appeared at the annual dinner of the good government group Citizens Union to present an award to his father, Basil Paterson. In making his presentation Paterson looked at two issues that have engaged the good government group.

The key question when looking at term limits, Paterson said, “is whether or not when the City Council votes there is any public policy issues that’s addressed other than self-aggrandizement.” When the courts confront that, he continued, they might also consider “whether or not state legislators drawing their own districts doesn’t fulfill the same purpose and we should have widespread reform in the apportioning of legislative districts.”

Click here for audio of Paterson’s remarks.

(Citizens Union is the sister organization of Gotham Gazette’s publisher Citizens Union Foundation.)

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