Legislators: We Want Ravitch
February 25th, 2010

Liz Benjamin of the Daily Politics reports that Sen. Liz Krueger wants Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch to take over budget negotiations for Gov. David Paterson in light of the recent Times story.

“Given the critical and timely nature of the budget negotiations, I would urge him to turn over responsibility for the budget and day-to-day negotiation on the budget to Lieutenant Governor Dick Ravitch,” Krueger told Benjamin.

Sen. Neil Breslin told the Gazette on Tuesday, before the scandal broke, that he thought it was appropriate for Ravitch to take the lead on negotiations, given the governor’s relationship with the legislature.

“If the governor let the lieutenant governor negotiate on his behalf, he would be very well served,” said Breslin.

By on February 25, 2010, 11:32 am
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One Response to “Legislators: We Want Ravitch”

  1. clanupnynow Says:
    February 25th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I agree David Paterson needs to resign immediately.

    However, if David Paterson did call the woman to pressure her not to pursue with an order of protection against David Johnson, not only should David Paterson resign, but criminal charges of obstruction of justice should be filed.

    If David Paterson knew that David Johnson a top aide of his choked the women, stripped her of much of her clothing, smashed her against a mirrored dresser and took two telephones from her to prevent her from calling for help, and did not take action against Mr. Johnson – then there is something seriously wrong with David Paterson.

    It is beyond comprehension that David Paterson would pressure a woman to drop pursuing an order of protection, especially so against a known women abuser? Doesnt David Paterson understand the implications of that phone call? Doesnt David Paterson have any regard for this womans safety?

    This episode provides further evidence that David Paterson is just up not up to the task of governing. He does not have what it takes to govern effectively. The Democratic Conference Organizational and Structural Report detailing the workings of Patersons office while he was Senate Minority leader is an objective assessment of this clowns ability to manage or more precisely mismanage.


    This scathing report indicated that Patersons Senate Minority office, headed by the supremely incompetent Michael Jones-Bey, was completely dysfunctional. Mr. Jones-Bey, a childhood friend of Paterson, who is now incredulously Director of Division of Minority & Women’s Business Development at Empire State Development Corporation, was reported to be more interested in partying and boozing up with staff than working.

    Wow! You can be a total bozo, ex-felon, or women batterer, but if you a friend and work for David Paterson you get promoted for such behavior.

    For too long David Paterson has used his office as an employment agency for his unqualified friends and associates. This practice needs to stop. His staff and all his friends that he has placed in jobs need to be cleaned out as well…GET HIM AND THEM OUT NOW.

    This UN-ELECTED GOV needs to go now, before more damage is done and more of the wrong people profit from his office

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