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Let me re-introduce Myself. I am David Paterson, and I am the Governor of New York State.

Earlier this year, on March 17th, I used those words to conclude my address to the people of New York after I was sworn in as Governor.  And though I was well known to the audience gathered in the hall that afternoon, I wanted everyone to know that we had work to do and that I was unafraid of stepping forward, rolling up my sleeves and getting to the task at hand.

To this community, however, I am not as well known. Now that the historic election of 2008 is over, I am coming here to begin what I hope will be a constructive conversation about the direction of New York and our nation.

This is not my first appearance here on Daily Kos. In late May, I posted my first and only diary. Your response was overwhelming, and I appreciate the words of support. There were 465 Comments and it made the Recommended list. I was told at the time that that was pretty good.

I wanted to come here again in order to begin a discussion with you about the important and difficult challenges we face here in New York and across the country. Although we are now celebrating the election of Barack Obama, we, here in New York, are faced with difficult economic times. We have been making hard decisions in order to keep our economic house in order, and I have called for a special legislative session so the Senate, Assembly and I can work together to map out a way though these uncertain times.

In the coming months and years, I will return to share with you what we are doing in New York to address that uncertainty.

But I did say this is a conversation, which means I want to hear from you as well. To that end, I recently announced the launching of my new web site, Paterson for NY, and I would like to invite you to take a look, share your ideas in our Your Voice section and leave your contact information so we can continue the back and forth.

A few weeks ago, you might have seen an interview I had with Sam Stein from the Huffington Post. He wrote two articles from that interview and I want to share those links:

David Paterson Formally Declares Plans For Reelection

Paterson: McCain Camp's 'Terrorist' Attacks Are A Dangerous Low

I also held my first "Virtual Town Hall" at the Albany Project and you can see that conversation HERE. I was pleased with the questions.  They showed how policy aware the community at The Albany Project is.  On the right is a shot that was taken while I was pondering an answer.

I look forward to this conversation a great deal. Here's to a long and fruitful relationship. I am Governor David A. Paterson, and I'd like to hear from you.

UPDATE Thank you so much for the response. There are so many great questions but too many to respond to at the moment. We will be selecting many of these and I will respond to them in another diary. Please, also take a moment to go to the web site, and leave your comments there as well. We look at each and every one. Again, thank you.

Originally posted to Governor David A Paterson on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:27 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  I look forward to hearing from you, (0+ / 0-)

    and continuing this important conversation.

  •  Your dedication to equal rights (36+ / 0-)

    is a beacon of light. Stop the hate, stop Prop 8!

    Take the fight to them. Don't let them bring it to you. - Harry S Truman

    by jgoodfri on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:29:38 PM PST

  •  Good to see you, gov (36+ / 0-)

    As a once and future New Yorker (Buffalo flavor), I really appreciate the way in which you've steadied the state, and the state Democratic Party, since your ascension to the top job.  Thanks for stopping by Daily Kos.

  •  Thanks for your work (14+ / 0-)

    Now you finally have some support from Washington.

    "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." MLK

    by Mo on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:29:59 PM PST

  •  You're doing a great job (23+ / 0-)

    I can't wait to see you re-elected.

    Pragmatic progressivism is the future.

    by Pragmaticus on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:30:41 PM PST

  •  Best of luck, Governor... (9+ / 0-)

    ....our problems we face as a nation are great. I do NOT envy you or any elected official right now!

    "...if my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine...." {-8.13;-5.59}

    by lams712 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:31:07 PM PST

  •  Welcome and thanks for the opportunity (8+ / 0-)

    to join in the discussion.

  •  We Need You to Lead (24+ / 0-)

    On marriage equality in New York state.

    You can call me "Lord Bink Forester de Rothschild."

    by bink on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:31:24 PM PST

  •  Thanks for coming here (9+ / 0-)

    and congratulations on turning the NY state senate blue. As someone who was born and raised in NY, I never thought I'd live to see the Republicans dislodged from power.

    The weak in courage is strong in cunning-William Blake

    by beltane on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:32:21 PM PST

  •  welcome back! (4+ / 0-)
  •  Hello from the other WA state that is (2+ / 0-)
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    ballerina X, zenmasterjack

    and now I am off to work!

  •  And thank you Gov. Paterson (5+ / 0-)

    for being an example of grace and integrity.

    Secret Agent fairy Princess twirling about performing acts of graceful espionage

    by ballerina X on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:33:07 PM PST

  •  Good to hear from you (4+ / 0-)
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    jaywillie, alizard, ballerina X, bluesheep

    I hope that othe elected officials will use forums to openly discuss the problems that face our states and nation. Real communication rather than the standard reply to emails would be a welcome change.

    "Those that know, don't say, those that say, don't know"... Tao te ching... Then why am I posting a comment?

    by zenmasterjack on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:33:19 PM PST

  •  Governor, you posted one last week too. (23+ / 0-)
    It was a great diary.  Thank you for sharing!

    The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me' MT 25:40

    by Ed G on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:33:57 PM PST

  •  Welcome aboard once again. Good luck, as you, (3+ / 0-)
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    ballerina X, geez53, zenmasterjack

    and all of us face severe eoconomic times ahead. Hopefully, any decisions you need to make will be on the side of the middle class; and will protect state jobs if possible.

  •  Lets go METS (3+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom, Pragmaticus, oxfdblue

    Being from New York, I'm ashamed to say I don't know more about your policies.  But from seeing you on SNY last year, I know I can trust you.  If I can trust a Mets fan, who can I trust!

    Good luck, and Lets go Mets!

    Vote for me in 2032.

    by PSUDevon on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:36:04 PM PST

  •  I Luv NY (3+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson, Bouwerie Boy, filby

    When I lived in Rome, NY, my kids and I used to say that all the time.  Also, let's go visit the Uttica zoo, zoo, zoo.  I have very fond memories of New York City the one time I visited there.  Good Luck as governor, and it is great to see someone like you taking the time to come talk on Daily Kos.

  •  Bravo Governor (4+ / 0-)
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    Ninepatch, filby, math4barack, Yasuragi

    Being involved with the people is the change we all voted for. Thanks for involving us in that change.

    True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness. Albert Einstein

    by desnyder on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:36:22 PM PST

  •  Welcome back. Seems the state budgets are (6+ / 0-)

    suffering on both coasts.  Hope, for the sake of future New Yorkers, that you don't take our governor's approach of cutting education and parks in order to make ends meet.  As it is, the LA Unified School District may be looking at bankruptcy within the next few years.

    But by then we will probably have built enough prisons to warehouse those who have no future due to their lack of a decent education.

    Piffle crack eat monkey snow. Really. Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald

    by Susan Grigsby on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:37:31 PM PST

    •  Actually, (4+ / 0-)

      coast-to-coast is more accurate. We in flyover states are suffering, too. Even my insignificant little town of 921 is considering lay-offs.

    •  haven't heard anything.... (2+ / 0-)
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      j1j2j3j4, Susan from 29

      ....about parks but public education is certainly on the chopping block. I don't think that the Republicans in the Senate will go along at the emergency meeting next week. Public education has had some good friends in the Republican Senate over the years. I certainly could be wrong, but the Teachers' Union in New York is very strong and the Republicans may not be inclined to piss them off just before they leave in January.

      Don't get me wrong. I am all for universal sacrifice when times get tough, as long as the fat cats on Wall Street, and in the banks, and in the financial sector, who had a big hand in getting us into this mess make the biggest sacrifices first.

      Infidels in all ages have battled for the rights of man, and have at all times been the advocates of truth and justice... Robert Ingersol

      by BMarshall on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:50:18 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I don't know how strong our teachers' unions are (1+ / 0-)
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        in California, but they don't come close to the strongest one which is, no surprise, the prison guards.

        It seems that the teachers are usually the first ones called on to suffer for the actions of the fat cats on Wall Street.

        Piffle crack eat monkey snow. Really. Leonard Pitts, Miami Herald

        by Susan Grigsby on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:17:01 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Paterson, you're taking the wrong approach. (1+ / 0-)
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      He did indeed propose large cuts in state spending to schools and medical care.

      This, when he knows that any such cuts, to the extent that they don't just make the state less attractive to live in, just result in local property tax increases to make up the difference.  School property taxes are already crazy high.

      And when he should know that our state income tax is extremely regressive and could raise a lot more money if it were progressive.  As it is, marginal tax rates are the same if you make $30,000/year and $1,000,000/year, but are higher if you make $200,000/year.

      Our tax system in upstate NY is obscene and is designed to soak the middle class while making sure the superrich underpay.

      And yet the governor has proposed more tax shifts, putting more of the tax burden on localities, who have no options except the property tax (or occasionally the sales tax).

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 07:40:27 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Please introduce marriage equality to New York (19+ / 0-)

    As a New Yorker, I was saddened to read the New York high court's decision against marriage equality.  I hope that now that the Dems have a Senate majority, you will take it upon yourself to fight for equal rights in New York state, especially now that nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut already have it.  It is a shame that we are not taking the lead!  I have great respect and admiration for you and hope you will not forget this civil rights issue.

    Quo usque tandem abutere, George W., patientia nostra?

    by Mr Futomaki on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:37:40 PM PST

  •  A few bad eggs (15+ / 0-)

    Governor Paterson:

    Thank you for your service, and for reaching out to us all. Your support is well deserved. As you are certainly aware, three Democratic state representatives from the Bronx are threatening to join with the Republicans over the issue of LGBT rights - potentially costing us a majority. Please do not cave into them; we can never yield to bigotry.

    Keep Congress Democratic in '08. Obama 08'

    by owl06 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:37:49 PM PST

  •  Thanks for visiting, here are some thoughts.... (0+ / 0-)
  •  Welcome back, governor. (3+ / 0-)
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    Floja Roja, Batbird, filby

    We always appreciate our leaders who value the netroots, and we work tirelessly for folks who represent our views.

    Right now my main concerns can be seen in my sig line.

    We've got serious work to do. Health care and civil rights for all, please!

    by the dogs sockpuppet on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:38:43 PM PST

  •  As a Connecticut neighbor (8+ / 0-)

    I welcome you and look forward to more of your posts.  Here's hoping NY follows her two NE compatriots and recognizes marriage rights for everyone.  If nothing else (e.g. the moral thing to do), think of the economic boon to the State.

  •  Governor (4+ / 0-)

    It's great to have you here. I hope you will continue to work for marriage equality and encourage you to work as hard for it as you can!

  •  many thanks, Govermor... (5+ / 0-)
    and now that the MTA projects a fare hike for NYC transit, what will you and the legislature do to prevent devastating service cuts that would exact severe harm and set the City back further from economic recovey?
  •  I'm not one of your constituents (2+ / 0-)
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    lirtydies, Dar Nirron

    although I was born in NY :)  

    Like others, I appreciate the willingness to open yourself up to discussing things with the citizenry. I hope that you will continue to do so, and while I know you'll make decisions that some, perhaps myself, will disagree with, at least you're willing to confront difficult discussions head on. That approach is what will make our government stronger and more effective and bring more trust and less cynicism into the political process.  

  •  Yay!! (4+ / 0-)

    A real governor! Not the mental light version, but a SMART one too! Welcome!

    We win. Now about the change...

    by RElland on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:41:57 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Governor. (4+ / 0-)
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    Kewalo, Overseas, 4Freedom, filby

    As a constituent, I greatly appreciate that you have taken the time to directly address us here.

    Fear will keep the local systems in line. -Grand Moff Tarkin -SLB-

    by boran2 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:43:14 PM PST

  •  Thanks Governor (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Kewalo, filby

    for your diary and for recognising the importance of the blog in the political arena. Lots of good information is shared here. Welcome.

  •  Hello Gov Paterson nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Kewalo, Rogneid
  •  i wish you were governor of my state (2+ / 0-)
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    Kewalo, Deoliver47

    Unfortunately, I am stuck with one of the worst Democratic governors in the nation, Rod Blagojevich. He was a terrible choice to begin with and he has done everything he can to prove his critics more than correct, and it is this man (who has yet to make a decision not in his own self-interest) who gets to pick Barack Obama's replacement.

    I wish it were you, Governor.

    Want to move to Illinois?

    Justice Stevens is 88 years old. Justice Stevens is 88 years old. Justice Stevens is 88 years old.

    by sunspark says on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:45:09 PM PST

  •  Governor: (10+ / 0-)

    A poster here recently wrote a diary critical of some of your recent proposals to meet the budget shortfall.  He specifically complained about your reluctance to institute the "millionaire's tax."  What is your opinion of a tax like this?

    "Rosa sat, so Martin could walk. Martin walked, so Obama could run. Obama is running, so our children can fly."

    by revelwoodie on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:45:30 PM PST

    •  yes, I want to know the answer to this question (9+ / 0-)

      as well. It looks like you are putting the huge burden of the budget shortfall on the wrong people. If you have to make some painful cuts in education etc, it seems shocking that you will not also consider and implement a new millionaires tax.
       This type of tax is not going to chase millionaires out of New York, if that is the concern.
       With all due respect, a refusal to consider and implement a millioinaires tax, especially if the poor and middle class are getting hit, looks suspiciously like catering to potential campaign contributors (?)
       Please let us know your response to this question.

    •  That would be me. (8+ / 0-)

      And it's not just the "millionaires tax", either.

      Asking the state's labor force to give up much needed raises, and then asking them to loan the state a weeks pay would go down much easier if Governor Paterson showed us how the pain was being shared.

      How much is the governor, or his commissioners, or their deputies, etc. willing to give back?

      Where is the unfunded mandate relief that counties, towns and villages need to keep their taxes down?

      Where does the effort to save money by consolidating services and purchasing currently stand.

      Is this proposal going to result in more tax shifting to the localities (as has happened with the Bush tax cuts and deficit spending)?

      As we all know, this is just likely to be the first in a series of difficult cuts. I would hope that cutting anticipated revenues for schools and health care would be the last option, not the first.

      "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war." -9.75, -8.41

      by RonV on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:28:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Welcome back, Governor (4+ / 0-)

    I'm sure most readers here are at least familiar with a line from your convention speech:

    If [McCain] is the answer, then the question must be ridiculous

    One of my highlights from the convention :)

    Right now the economy is at the forefront of most of our minds, but being from Long Island I have also been rather concerned about a couple of civil rights issues that have been diaried here this week. In particular, the case of the "Hempstead 15", arrested at the Hofstra debate, and the alarming uptick in racist incidents.

    I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong. - Bertrand Russell
    -5.38, -6.41

    by sullivanst on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:45:43 PM PST

  •  Congrats on your "Rec" diary, you have now (8+ / 0-)

    reached a pinnacle in your career which, I'm sure you realize, far exceeds merely being Governor of New York.  Welcome!

    There is a word for those who try to suppress the vote: TRAITORS.

    by hcc in VA on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:45:53 PM PST

  •  Question for you Gov. Patterson (6+ / 0-)

    Great to have you on this site.

    One question for you:  One of the great things that the previous Gov was doing was taking on the curruption on Wall Street.  Will you continue where Gov. Spitzer left off?

    Thanks for your response!

  •  governor patterson... (4+ / 0-)

    just remember that you'll be getting an earful here, both good and bad. we're not shy and hopefully you won't be either. as a fellow new yorker i'm rooting for you and the great state of new york.
    tung sol

    'cause you're the green manalishi with the two prong crown--Peter Green, Green Manalishi

    by tung sol on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:46:54 PM PST

  •  Well I have a question (15+ / 0-)

    Gov. Paterson--why in these tough times did you submit for deep budget cuts for the most vulnerable (Medicaid) and for our kids (education) while refusing to hike any taxes on the very wealthiest?

    These budget cuts are a tax on the poor and regressive, we are to believe that the deepest cuts could only be made to those programs and government spending that most affect the poor and children? Seems you tried to do everything in your power to avoid raising the tax burden of any well off person while at the same time advocate for cuts and policies like tolling any bridges left that are still untolled that disproportionally will affect the poorest among us.

    I don't mind making some cuts across the board, but you disproportionally decided to make deep cuts at the expense of raising any revenue from those most able to pay. I think that's not very progressive.

    "People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. They don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible." --J.R.

    by michael1104 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:46:56 PM PST

    •  I generally agree (5+ / 0-)
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      RonV, mataliandy, grrr, robinia, Mopcomike

      I'm very sorry to see how essential services are on the chopping block, services that greatly affect those who aren't able to afford alternatives.

      As much as I'd like to see a "millionare's tax", I have to say I also wouldn't mind paying more tax myself, if a modest tax hike could get us through this period without the services disaster I fear is coming.

      And let me add my thanks to the others here--I'm very impressed that my governor is willing to rub elbows with his constituents here.

    •  I also agree (1+ / 0-)
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      Greetings from a (mostly) happy constituent in Beacon, NY.  Governor Patterson, please consider these cuts to education and Medicaid very, very carefully before you move forward.  Make sure it's the last thing you have to do.  I would hate to see the education system in NY hurt when there may be other ways to fix this mess.

      I admire the steady hand you have brought to the office since taking over.  I trust you will not let this upcoming debate with the Republicans turn into a partisan war.

      Good Luck!

  •  Welcome back, Governor! (1+ / 0-)
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    Thanks for taking some time to join us!

  •  Thank you, my Governor... (3+ / 0-)
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    Rogneid, filby, Deoliver47 kindly remind Dean Skelos he will be the MINORITY leader in the Senate next year...

    Abortions for some, miniature American flags for others.

    by Aqualad08 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:47:22 PM PST

  •  Senate Majority (4+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, lysias, Rogneid, wayoutinthestix

    Given the new Dem trifecta, what will be your main priorities this session?  Will NYS move on universal health care before the feds?

    Thanks, Guv.

    "Whether the British ruling class are wicked or merely stupid is one of the most difficult questions of our time." - George Orwell on the Spanish Civil War

    by Ramo on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:47:34 PM PST

  •  Welcome, Governor (3+ / 0-)
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    lirtydies, 4Freedom, Wide Awake in NJ

    and as a prior New Yorker, Its great to know how hard you are working for your great state.  Here in NJ, we also have a wonderful Governor who is facing many difficult decisions. Good luck to you!  

  •  Welcome, Governor (2+ / 0-)
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    anotherdemocrat, bluesheep

    and thank you for coming here to talk to all of us, and to invite us to engage in the important discussions we need to have, not only for NY but for all of our states.

    I greatly respect your willingness to come here and ask for our thoughts.  We have a lot to say, and a lot to learn.  It's reassuring to know Democratic leaders, such as yourself, are ready to take the plunge, for lack of a better term, and join the netroots where we can be found any time of day or night.

    God bless and keep you and my beloved home state - Long Island born, NYPD-retired father.  I'm a Buckeye now, but NY never leaves your heart, does it?


  •  When will we get a Millionaires' Tax? (9+ / 0-)

    It seems like all the cuts are hitting education and health care, impacting the poorest New Yorkers on Medicaid, middle class people paying college tuition, and our future competitiveness in a high-tech world. We have to get some of that money back that Congress handed over in the bailout, then used for executive salaries and bonuses.

    But, hey, thanks for dropping in here and listening.

  •  It always excites me when our elected officials (6+ / 0-)

    reach out to talk to us.  I means a lot to me.  As one of your constituents, Governor, I truly appreciate it.  I appreciate the difficult job you are doing.  Thank you for making yourself available.

    Also, I loved the "If John McCain is the answer, the question must be ridiculous remark" at the DNC convention.  Classic.

    John McCain: Delivering bottled hot water to dehydrated babies everywhere.

    by cameo on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:48:07 PM PST

  •  One question about gay marriage licenses (9+ / 0-)

    Is there anyway you could have somebody find out how much REVENUE your state took in from marriage licenses from gay marriages.  That's the real way we will win that argument, the economic benefits.  Marriage licenses, party halls rented, party caterers, bands, photographers, floral shops.  I can hear the engine of small business.  

  •  New York should (19+ / 0-)

    have marriage equality.

    Really all states should but since you're here...

    Promote marriage equality ("gay marriages", they're called, even though the marriages themselves aren't homosexual. I'm not so sure a concept CAN be gay or straight but I digress.)  

    "ENOUGH!" - President-Elect Barack Obama

    by indiemcemopants on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:49:39 PM PST

  •  Most of what your predecessor was doing... (10+ / 0-)

    Is still worth doing..... The fact that he undid himself set the causes of cleaning up dirty and unfair business practices back years.  

    I think we need someone back on that case. Look what's happened on Wall St., and what it's Meant to the Global Economy.  We need the Eliot Spitzer crusade back (probably without Eliot Spitzer)

    Grab some pit bull and put him or her back on the case - PLEASE!  It won't make you popular with the financial community but then again they are not popular with us!

    Thanks for your interest and your service,

  •  Thank you for visiting, Governor. (3+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom, Ninepatch, Neon Mama

    We have a lot of work to do, and you managed to get into the thick of it just before it all started.  Just what you expected as Lieutenant Governor, eh?

    I expect that there will be some actual change in Albany now that the Democrats hold the Senate for the first time in 40 years.  

    And thank you for speaking out about marriage equality as one of your first acts as Governor.  It means so much to so many people.

    I have high hopes for you, Governor.  I'll stop by your website, and please keep checking in here.  

  •  Welcome! I actually work with a David (3+ / 0-)
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    lirtydies, Rogneid, bushondrugs

    Patterson (two t Patterson) and I put a sign above his desk saying "Governor"...he's a good guy, too.


    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:49:59 PM PST

  •  Pleased to meet you, won't you guess my name? (2+ / 0-)
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    Big Tex, CS in AZ

    Sorry David, couldn't resist.

  •  As a New Yorker (5+ / 0-)

    It's great to hear from you.  The decisions you face will be very tough.  I wish you well and hope you can navigate these difficult times without cutting school subsidies, which would just result in reshuffling the tax burden down the ladder and less equitably.

    We are all "That One".

    by reposado on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:50:51 PM PST

  •  Dear Governor Paterson (29+ / 0-)

    How easy and wonderful you make to talk to you by posting here on Kos!

    I am a NYC public high school teacher on Staten Island.  I teach government and history, so I am pretty familar with the horrible choices you need to make concerning the budget.

    I'm not going to just say, "Please don't cut the education budget."  That's just saying the obvious.  We need to go to a much deeper level in New York.

    Our state government has been one of the most disorganized and dysfunctional in the nation going back to when it was a colonial government.  We couldn't even figure out how to vote on  independence.  When George Washington was elected, we couldn't even appoint our eight electors and therefore never voted for him in 1789.  From there, it just goes downhill.

    Our state budget is the area of $120 billion a year and every year we hear about deficits.  That just has to change.

    We really need to take a look at the entire span of the state government.  There has to be many programs that duplicate services, some that are out of date and totally unjustified in today's day and age.  In short, we need to start over and rebuild the list of state agencies and the services they provide from the ground up and invest massively in the most modern technology available to make them as productive as possible.

    From there, major political changes need to be made as well.  In my opinion, the most dangerous person in NY state is Shelly Silver.  His ability to bring government and/or various projects to a halt is about the most undemocratic thing in this nation today.  The power of the Assembly Speaker must be chopped down to the roots like a sick tree.

    If all works well, not only would we have more efficient and productive government, but maybe even cheaper government.  Our taxes could then provide more services for the dollar.  Our highest in the nation taxes might even be able to come down a bit to encourage more people to move here and make our state theirs.

    A colleague of mine who is a dyed in the wool Republican thinks that you are doing a great job.  Coming from him, a compliment for a Democrat is rather amazing.  We disagree a lot on politics, but on your job performance, we most definately agree.  But we need to do more that quick budget cuts that solve things for a year or two.  

    We need to remake the Empire State.

    Go down this road and by Election Day 2010, you will win a great mandate from all the people of our great state.

    Thanks for posting and the best of luck.

    "Senator Obama, are you ready to take the oath of office as President of the United States?" --Chief Justice John Roberts, January 20, 2009

    by oxfdblue on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:51:10 PM PST

  •  Gov. Peterson, Can I Ask A Question (4+ / 0-)
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    I know from following you that you are visual impaired. I am curious what technology you use to allow you to access what those of with sight just take for a given.

    I don't mean to be rude asking about this, but I am curious cause I want to know just to know.

    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

    by webranding on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:51:13 PM PST

  •  I would like you to set up checkpoints at the (9+ / 0-)

    connecticut border, and refuse entry to any vehicles carrying Joe Lieberman.

    Well, we can dream, can't we?

    I am further of the opinion that the President must be impeached and removed from office!

    by UntimelyRippd on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:51:39 PM PST

  •  New York, can we trade governors? :-) (4+ / 0-)

    Welcome back Gov. Paterson.  It's always good to see elected officials who actively seek a dialogue with their constituents.  I'm not a New Yorker myself, but I'm rooting for you from down here in Texas.  As others have expressed here, I hope that you will take a leadership role in making marriage equality a reality in New York.  We're a long, long way from it down here in Texas, but I think that once the larger states like New York and California that are more progressive make marriage equality a reality, we will begin to see the foundations for a broader push for marriage equality throughout the country.  I wish you continued success in the future.

  •  NY Cuts in education (8+ / 0-)

    Today, you announced cuts in education.  I read that you propose a cut of $585 to local schools and a raise in college tuitions (for state universities and community colleges).  Firstly, does the deduction in aid include state college assistance?

    I'm concerned that in times where the economy is in a decline that making it harder for people to go to college is a dangerous step.  This is a time when, traditionally, college enrollment increases (as people go back to school to learn a new trade).

    I didn't like it when Pataki cut our school funding, and I'm worried that it is being proposed now.

    •  $585 million/ not $585.00 :-) (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Yes, as a New York City mother (6+ / 0-)

      I am frantic about this. The District 3 schools have already taken so many terrible hits, and I am really worried. Not only my son's wonderful but stressed elementary school, but also the whole school-age population of our city.

      Governor, I've read your thoughts on this, and I do understand the difficulty of the situation, but I would like to know what you think can be done to lessen the impact of these cuts. NYC was already badly underfunded.

      (In spite of this mini-rant, I'm glad you are our Governor.)

      You can tell you have created God in your own image when it turns out that he or she hates all the same people you do. - Anne Lamott

      by javelina on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:03:14 PM PST

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      •  As a NYS educator, I'm worried too (6+ / 0-)

        The education system in NY is one of our jewels and shouldn't be pilfered to pay the bills.  Spitzer knew this well and had excellent plans in place to greatly enhance the SUNY system.  Unfortunately, these plans seem to have fallen aside with the new administration. I applaud the Governor's efforts and do not envy the difficult task, but cuts to education (higher and otherwise) are not the answer.

        -- in this unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.

        by derekd on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:11:45 PM PST

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    •  As an FYI, students are on board with a tuition (1+ / 0-)
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      Because tuitions in NY State are two thirds less than they are in adjoining states, and their education suffers for it. Students see the value-added in being able to finish their degree in 4 years rather than spending less for a year's tuition and then being forced to finish in 6 years. SUNY has been cut to the bone.

      Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

      by upstate NY on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:17:29 PM PST

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      •  You do not represent all students or all schools (3+ / 0-)
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        Sorry.  Please, don't comment as if you represent all of them.  The rates aren't cheap for every student in the SUNY system.  Also, if tuition assistance is included in the final cuts, that would hit students who go to non-SUNY schools too (and these rates have been increasing across the state at an alarming rate).

        •  I'm sorry (1+ / 0-)
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          But the term cheap is a very dispensable manner in which one could describe education in New York. It is relatively less expensive, yes, but in terms of particular households and incomes, nothing is ever "always cheap".

          I am struggling to even pay the small amount not allocated me by the state, and I have a world of debt to take care of once I finish my degree.

          All this is IF I can find a job, seeing as how they're disappearing at alarming rates

          •  I agree with you 100% (0+ / 0-)

            That's my point exactly.  I know several people for whom going to school isn't a financial option.  There are others who need to go back to learn a new trade (because of the economy) but who may not be able to if tuition is increased or assistance cut.

            •  You don't get it. (3+ / 0-)
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              Odysseus, Uthaclena, j1j2j3j4

              $4000 a YEAR isn't enough to hire faculty that will teach students. All the students I teach end up doing 6 and 7 year degrees.

              Let's do the math.

              $4000 x 6 years = $24000.
              $4900 x 4 years = $19600.

              Right now, the SUNY system doesn't have the funding to adjust to classroom capacity. It has been ravaged by the Pataki years. Programs that used to have 40 faculty are down to 15.

              Meanwhile, all the other states have passed NY State by. The SUNY's used to be great schools. But now they are second rate compared to Rutgers and Penn State and Pitt. Those 3 schools charge 3x the amount of tuition that SUNY charges.

              These are the facts. AND, the students who represent you in the recent discussions actually voted FOR a tuition hike precisely because they are aware of how dire the situation is. They can't fulfill the requirements toward their degree.

              Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

              by upstate NY on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:12:49 PM PST

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              •  past by ... (0+ / 0-)

                I believe that the schools mentioned have been more expensive and in a different league for a bit of time.

                It is a different league, not a better league.

                SUNY schools have been subsidized by the state and that should not change.  If you are expecting to be in the same league as the above schools go there.  If you want a good to great education at a cost where you can get out of school with a possibility of eventually buying a house go to SUNY.

                NY State and the country has a bit of a problem with our business models.

                We need to update the model.

                1. Reduce property tax for residences
                1. Increase income tax to compensate and work with President Obama on fixing the model nation wide.

                Why? Should the amount of money that you pay your towns and villages be dependent on how much money you could spend in the past or how much you are earning now?
                Should people who worked their entire life in NY state bought/built a nice house while they were working and raising kids be able to live the rest of their life in that house?  Or should they have problems because of the property taxes that they have to pay?

                Doing this can change a nice amount of dynamics for NY state.  Less property taxes should mean lower rents and a lower cost of living.

                •  Wrong again. (1+ / 0-)
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                  SUNY is an AAU school, research 1, it is not out of Rutgers league. In fact, SUNY used to be ranked higher than Rutgers before the Pataki gutting.

                  And you think SUNY Centers are subsidized by the state?

                  Wrong again. The net return from state is less than the tuition they take in. The tuition funds go to the state and the state returns less than what comes in.

                  Who loses? NY State by having a dysfunctional state university system.

                  If you want fairness for students, then let schools keep their tuition money, AND let them set tuition policy. That would allow the Centers to become centers of excellence. And if you can't afford $5,000 a year then you can go to SUNY Geneseo or SUNY New Paltz or SUNY COrtland.

                  NY State needs world class universities that are affordable. You're handcuffing the state if you don't allow schools to take control of their own destiny.

                  Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

                  by upstate NY on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:03:56 PM PST

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  •  Welcome back Gov. Patterson! (2+ / 0-)
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    I love the state of New York!  I'm sure we all won't disappoint you.  :-)

    If the people lead, the leaders will follow.

    by Mz Kleen on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:52:52 PM PST

  •  Thank You (2+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom, filby

    I live in Rochester and I wanted to let you know that so far I think you are doing a fantastic job. I understand you will have to trim the budget and make some necessary cuts but I have confidence that you will steer up in the right direction.

    Please keep up the good work.

  •  Hi. (1+ / 0-)
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    I remember you from your earlier post here.

    Glad to meet you.  Again.

  •  Governor: please read Krugman. (4+ / 0-)
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    mattman, devtob, scorpiorising, Losty

    Paul Krugman has been advocating BOLD stimulus spending. He stated the first four years of FDR's New Deal were TOO TIMID.

    Though in prosperous times I'm a deficit hawk, that is BECAUSE difficult times demand deficit spending. New York should not hestitate to run a large deficit now. If that requires an amendment to the state Constitution, so be it.

    Best of luck to you in these difficult times.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:54:08 PM PST

  •  please don't raise taxes(on the middle class). (4+ / 0-)

    we're getting killed here, especially those of us in nyc. rents, taxes, food, transportation is all going up. my 2 favorite lunch places(i bring my lunch at least 4 times a week to work) have both raised there prices in the last week. good luck with everything, there are a ton of problems here.....

    •  Gov Paterson w all due respect: Millionaires tax! (2+ / 0-)
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      neroden, j1j2j3j4

      The middle class in NY State needs the circuit breaker tax. But restoring the Pataki/Bruno tax cuts for the wealthy should not be off the table. School districts will have to raise taxes to meet budgets with the midyear cuts you have put forward.
      You are cutting the budget on the backs of the middle class unless you put the millionaire's tax back on the table. It polled at 70 percent. Obama did it. You need too follow that example.

  •  Welcome and Thank You (1+ / 0-)
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    It is great that some in political office care about the opinions of the people affected by their decisions.

  •  Please note that the Governor uses a Mac :) (8+ / 0-)

    Governor, I graduated from Cornell last spring.  Everyone complains about how Ithaca is so cold and it's in the middle of nowhere, but I immediately fell in love with the beauty and less stressful pace of life in the Central New York area.  I think I experienced less of a culture shock coming there from the South than some of my New York City/Long Island friends did.

    But the population outside of the college towns up there is declining.  You have some of the best universities in the country that attract students from all over the world, but no one wants to stay up there after graduation because there are no jobs.  What can you do to bring the jobs back and stop the "brain drain?"

    •  Upstate Economy (4+ / 0-)
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      SadEagle, grrr, GoldnI, wayoutinthestix

      That's a good question, and I'm going to add onto it.  For a long time, there was a vibrant manufacturing economy which ran along the Erie Canal corridor from Albany to Buffalo.  This had been in decline for the past 25 years or more, along with a serious population loss.  Every few elections, we hear that the upstate economy is going to be the focus of attention, yet once the election is over, it seems to disappear from the political radar.  At the same time, we (as a state) seem to have grown increasingly dependent on revenues from Wall Street.  Once, Upstate tax revenues were able to balance out or mitigate losses from NYC, but now that is no longer there.  

      What other plans are being made to help bring businesses into Upstate, and not just focus on NYC and Albany?  

      I think that I have had enough of you telling me how things will be. Today I choose a new way to go ... and it goes through you!

      by Norbrook on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:51:10 PM PST

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    •  Actually... (3+ / 0-)
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      SadEagle, wayoutinthestix, agawk

      Ithaca and Tompkins County are one of the few places in upstate west of the Hudson Valley that are adding population, have young people staying and in-migrating, and have a growing economy.  I've lived in the Ithaca area since '71, and enjoyed a better economy than in the surrounding counties.

      As far as "there are no jobs" goes: the "brain drain" is surely a problem, but, when I was at Cornell, far too many brilliant minds were headed to Wall St. to make big dough.  That was, we note, unsustainable.  Maybe Cornellians need to be a part of the solution, not just look to government alone to solve it and provide them jobs?  Those of us who are staying in Tompkins County are clearly doing something right.... let's make some good, green jobs together, ok?

      •  One of the few things we're missing in Ithaca (1+ / 0-)
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        is really good transportation to the rest of the state.  We're "centrally isolated" -- we can take a five-hour bus ride to New York City, or drive for over an hour to Syracuse or Binghamton (those bus connections are not reasonable).  Or you can take the expensive and unpleasant planes, of course.

        As for commuting, our local bus system is pretty good, but it gets stuck in traffic (I've been trying to come up with ways to improve this....)

        Frankly, restoring at least some of our state's railroad system would be a boost to everyone in the state.  It's easier to stay in pretty much any area if you can travel out of it easily when you need to.

        -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

        by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:26:36 PM PST

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        •  Sorry, but you live in Ithaca (1+ / 0-)
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          The Shepherd

          Even if we laid down a rail system right to your doorstep, it would still take five hours to get to NYC.  

          Hell, it takes 4 and a half hours to drive there from Ithaca, when you count traffic and delays at the Lincoln/Holland tunnel.

  •  Go Columbia! (1+ / 0-)
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    by maxschell on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:55:16 PM PST

  •  Question about Predatory Lenders. (11+ / 0-)

    Eliot Spitzer was ahead of the curve when it came to investigating Predatory Lending in relation to the sub prime mortage crisis.

    Just wondering if you have/will be continuing any investigation into Wall St firms for discrimatory lending practices?

    "We were warriors then, and our tribe was strong like a river" - Hunter S Thompson

    by GonzoLegend on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:55:17 PM PST

  •  Hello (1+ / 0-)
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    Nice to have you here!  I'm looking forward to New York becoming a place where people will want to move to instead of move away from again.  

  •  Jobs creation program needed to rebuild (2+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom, Yasuragi

    our crumbling infrastructure and to take a big bite out of the climbing unemployment rates. Are you willing to advocate for that?

  •  Please plan on taking questions next time. (2+ / 0-)
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    and responding in real time.

    I think. Therefore I O'Bama.

    by MarkMarvin on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:56:02 PM PST

  •  Welcome back. And thanks for reaching out. (2+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom, KeepingItBlueKrstna

    You will find many great ideas and people here.


    by maxschell on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:56:42 PM PST

  •  Governor... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...just wanted to thank you for what I thought was the best line of the Democratic Convention. The question was in fact, ridiculous.

    Best of luck to you.

    "If (Lyin' Johnny Mac) is the answer, then the question must be ridiculous." - Gov. David Paterson (NY-D)

    by Gut Check on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:56:56 PM PST

  •  Rockefeller Drug Laws? (9+ / 0-)

    I heard a rumor that you support drug policy reform.  As a constituent, I applaud this courageous position if true. What are you currently doing to end the Rockefeller Drug Laws and mandatory minimum sentencing in New York, and what are the obstacles to implementing reform? It is often frustrating that New York is regarded as a safe blue state, reviled unfairly by so much of the country, and yet we have so few progressive legislative victories to show for this status.  How can we turn New York State into an incubator for progressive ideas and experiment with new policy?

  •  So what are you going to two about the gang of fo (0+ / 0-)

    ur in the NY state senate? the are racist. I mean the reason they're objecting to the new Senate Majority leader is because of his race, right?

    •  It's not clear (1+ / 0-)
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      I think that mostly they're clinging to the status they were given because of their alliances with the old Republican leadership.

      You can tell you have created God in your own image when it turns out that he or she hates all the same people you do. - Anne Lamott

      by javelina on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:04:20 PM PST

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  •  Welcome to the community, Governor! (2+ / 0-)
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    Neon Mama, Yasuragi

    I have never been to your state (the school marching band went in high school, but since I didn't march I just got to look at the photographs they took and listen to the stories), but I watched your first speech as Governor on the television and just couldn't stop smiling.

    As someone with ADD who is dating someone with Asperger's Syndrome, your joke in that speech about the gavel and the glass still stands in my mind as one of the better examples of Laughing At One's Troubles While Overcoming Them Anyway I have ever heard.

    Once again, welcome.

    Incomplete list of McNames in profile. Personal favorites include McSogynist, McNopoly, and McThuselah, and McCambrian.

    by Cassandra Waites on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 01:59:55 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Governor (1+ / 0-)
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    I look forward to visiting your fair state for the first time in just over a week.

    What would say is a place in New York City that I should visit that I might not have heard of ?

         With gratitude and respect,

  •  here are two questions (0+ / 0-)

    That appeared at the Albany project town forum that you did not appear to answer. Can you answer them now? Quoting from those questions:

    1. The comission on local government and competitiveness seems to have fallen off the radar.  What is your commitment to bring about the much-needed consolidation of municipal entities in NY?
    1. You recently suggested that you might pull NY out of the regional greenhouse gas initiative- since then reports have come to light that because of increased energy costs to consumers, NY will likely have significantly less greenhouse gas emissions than the cap of the RGGI.  In that light are you still considering pulling out, or would you be willing to consider reducing the cap further to reflect the this recent trend?
    •  Mine, too! (0+ / 0-)

      Governor, you didn't answer my question on The Albany Project, either (pretty please?):

      As the financial crisis continues, it is becoming more and more apparent that the State of NY is over-concentrated in the financial services sector.  The growth of the blogosphere can be viewed as an innovation in a new technology/communicative medium.  Are you willing to consider supporting or sponsoring a blogosphere-based effort at business creation and industrial revitalization?  If not, what approach will Empire State Development be using to spur development of  new jobs to replace those that are being lost?

  •  I am one of your constituents (9+ / 0-)

    I am an old-fashioned liberal.  I think government needs to look out for those who cannot look out for themselves.

    I want to tell you how impressed I am with what you're doing in New York.

    I had no real idea who you were before Gov. Spitzer'  But you came roaring in to tell us the budget was in trouble and immediate action needed to be taken.

    I appreciate that.

    And at your town hall meeting in Syracuse this week, you drew applause for saying that the massive cuts we need to undergo should hurt the neediest the least.

    I deeply appreciate that.

    Governor Paterson, I have what I need to live.  My family and I do okay.  We're not rich, but we don't suffer.

    We are willing to roll up our sleeves and do what it takes to get the state through this crisis.  Those who want to say it's not a crisis, or that someone else should help, are officially part of the problem.

    You will take many hits from your own party, for asking the unions to -- horror of horrors -- delay pay increases (can't tell you the last time I got a raise).  You will take hits from the Republicans for almost everything else.  And any special interest whose oxen are being lined up for goring will campaign against you, hard.

    When that happens, remember me and remember those like me, who are at the bottom of the political deck, admiring the guy who had the nerve to take on almost every interest in this state, not because it would enhance his image, but because it needed to be done.

    Sir, go!

    "Have fun storming the castle, boys!"

    by Bag OHammers on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:01:39 PM PST

  •  Good luck with Wall Street if you dare... (2+ / 0-)
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    devtob, eXtina

    Congratulations on your promotion. I can only hope your as tough as your predecessor, with regards to the greedy people downtown. You have told us about the sex stuff so that is irrelevant now. Keep fighting friend, I stand with you at this time... All the best

  •  Governor: (2+ / 0-)
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    Who posted this diary: Historic, For All The Right Reasons, in your name? You are either unaware of that diary, or you have disowned it. I was wondering why, despite your promise, you failed to reply to my comment.

    There are vast areas of the rural interior, including in New York State (where I resided when Nelson Rockefeller was Governor), where reside a preponderance of the population who voted for John McCain out of fear of terrorism, intolerance, and misinformation dispensed daily from their radios and TVs. It's easy to ignore us out here, and blame us for voting against our own best interests, but it is a big mistake to do so if the Democratic party and President Obama hope to heal the wounds and bring the nation along, together to face the greatest challenge this nation has ever faced: the deepening economic and energy crises.

    How can you, as governor of a state as diverse in demographics as New York, help to heal and unify us in common purpose?

    I'll leave the conundrum of how to deal with Wall Street to others to ask. But I must point out that it is my opinion that Eliot Spitzer was punished for his attempt to stop the economic disaster. So I hope you will not shrinkaway from your duty to protect your citizens from the predations of Wall Street.

  •  Revise Driver Reponsibility Assesment Please (0+ / 0-)

    Good day Gov and thanks for visiting and also for your wonderfull sense of humor!! Please revise the Driver Responsibility Assesment. This is a ridiculous trap that snags people who have had some drivers with bad luck (6pTS)  bad luck and gotten a few tickets along with serious bad drivers and DWI offenders.  It is plainly unfair, charging the driver with hundreds sometimes thousands of dollars for several years on top of tickets, towing and legal fees. Joe the driver cannot afford this Governor,  please revise this only for the most serious offenders. Thanks and best of luck.

  •  As one of your constituents (1+ / 0-)
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    I have to say THANK YOU for your willingness to talk to New Yorkers like we're grownups, and to share your thoughts with us here at dKos. I know the choices you're making right now aren't difficult, but they are absolutely necessary.

    Well met, sir.

    "Our brighter days are still ahead. But we have to invest in our people again. It will require us to all come together." -Obama

    by Word Alchemy on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:06:33 PM PST

  •  NYS Workers Compensation recommendation (5+ / 0-)

    Please use INJURED WORKERS THEMSELVES as the starting and ending point regarding  Workers' Compensation .

    I was horrified that the last big meeting on the subject included everyone BUT those most intimately involved in prevention and treatment and long-term issues for working people.........I suggest you include NYCOSH and the I.J. Selikoff Clinic at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC as resources, and injured workers themselves, too.

    Full disclosure: I am a former member of corporate senior management now permanently partially disabled from a computer-related injury. I understand that going forward permanent partial disability will be limited to 8 or 9 years. My question is this--what happens after that? Do we get legal euthenasia?
    I am pondering whether it would be best to do it by appointment or by surprise.

    Meanwhile, wherever I go people are questioning how crazy it is to cut education and healthcare. I hope it can be explained more clearly before people jump to wrong conclusions.

    Many thanks.

    Media Reform Action Link

    by LNK on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:06:52 PM PST

  •  Wow (0+ / 0-)

    Not only did you post a diary, you actually are commenting in it!  

    I grew up in upstate NY (north of Albany) so even though I have lived all over the US (my ex was in the Navy) my heart remains in the beautiful adirondacks!

  •  would you mind moving to Illinois? (1+ / 0-)
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    we could use a governor like you.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:08:39 PM PST

  •  Hello Governor (0+ / 0-)

    You're always welcome here.

    I'm Zamboni Hussein Palin, and I approve this message.

    by Bobs Telecaster on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:10:33 PM PST

  •  Thank you for your hard work (2+ / 0-)
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    NMRed, 4Freedom

    Sometimes I think about leaving Brooklyn with the economy and rising crime of opportunity.  My income mostly comes from out of state so I get walloped in taxes but I LOVE Brooklyn and even if I have to pay a little more it is worth it.

    Our kids are classmates at their new high school and that is another reason for my sticking it out: the phenomenal public education my chid is getting.  My kid is extremely happy there and how many parents can say that about 14 year olds?  I hope that you will work hard so that ALL NY public school students can have the same incredible learning experience our children are receiving.  This should not be construed as any endorsement the chancellor or the DOE which I am not overly thrilled with.

    Again, thank you for stepping up to the plate under less than ideal circumstances and doing a great job.

  •  Welcome Back Gov. Paterson (3+ / 0-)
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    I am one of your Buffalo/WNY constituents, I also work for SUNY.  I don't need to tell you that we are all worried and concerned about our jobs right now.

    I know that your are facing difficult decisions regarding our budget, but I hope you will remember that if cuts are too deep we will not be able to provide quality education or adequate services to our students (or meeting the mandates imposed on us by SUNY central and various accredidation agencies).

    I want to be able to stay in NY, I was born and raised here.  We need to cut our state budget, but we also need jobs that will pay us a decent wage to keep us here.

    Best to you, and thanks for posting here.

    "It's a magical world Hobbes, ol' buddy... ...Let's go exploring!" Calvin (Bill Watterson)

    by BirderWitch on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:11:34 PM PST

  •  As a NON union teacher, Governor, I am appalled (6+ / 0-)

    that you plan to cut education so heavily.  I am no fan of NYSUT--they actively work to exclude teachers like myself, who work in State Ed institutions that serve kids with disabilities, the same salaries and perks that NYSUT members get.  So this isn't about Union politics.

    You see, Governor,I am also a parent, and a business person.  You are announcing cuts to Education instead of taking the really brave step of re-structuring the massive fraud that you and other legislators perpetrated when you diverted "Education" billions from the Lottery into the General Fund. You say you want to bravely attack dysfunction, but many of us, Democrats and voters, know better.  Find another way, Gov. Education is the most important asset of civilization. Perhaps if you actually UPPEd funding to our schools, it would yield us politicians smart enough to keep us out of messes like this one in the first place.  You get no points from me for bravery---you have long been part of the problem in the NYS Legislature, a world renowned synonym for dysfunction. If you expect my vote, you had better find a better way. If you expect my work in your campaign, you had better force your pals in Albany to accept that better way. Cutting education is just stupid. And stupid, governor, is New Yorkese for Albany.

    •  Well unfortabtly (1+ / 0-)
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      a lot things you wont like to cut will have to be cut.  I don't know what your genius plan is but you might want to forward your answers to the Govenor if you have a better suggestion.  Do you think he is enjoying cutting spending?

      by GlowNZ on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:19:45 PM PST

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      •  I don't know where you live, but (4+ / 0-)
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        I live in the ALbany area. Waste in State government is massive. Simple plans like reducing paper have been launched and failed because of the vested civil service class in NY and their indifference.  We might start by cutting some of the millions of pounds of paper produced by Albany each year.

        We might continue by stopping the practice of illuminating the Empire State Plaza like a damn Christmas Tree every night. Old fashioned economy, instead of cuts to critical services.

    •  And those "cuts" == property taxes (3+ / 0-)
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      That's how it works in education.  State aid cuts -> property tax increases -> nobody can afford to own land.

      It was noted already that people who can afford the mortgages aren't buying houses in NY because the property taxes are just too high.  They're upwards of 5% and rising.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:30:27 PM PST

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  •  Hey, Governor! (2+ / 0-)
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    4Freedom, eXtina

    Anyone who's a Mets fan can't be all bad.  Loved your on-air interview with Tony Paige a couple of months ago.

    About that bailout thing, Governor.  Just Say No.  Bailing out the crooked investment banking and insurance industries is a sure way to make things WORSE and MORE PAINFUL for a lot of people, sir.

    Other than that I think you're doing a terrific job.

  •  Dear Gov. My husband will be picketing (7+ / 0-)

    in Albany next week, along with many other folks who don't want to see budget cut fors the homeless, and people with physical and mental disabilities.

    I hope you will keep these folks in mind when you are slicing the budget - they are the least capable of handling cut-backs in services.

    Anthropologists for human diversity; opposing racism, sexism,homophobism,ageism and ethnocentrism.

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:12:35 PM PST

    •  I would picket Albany but I can't get there (0+ / 0-)

      because our state's transportation system sucks and the four-hour drive is just not reasonable!

      We have got to stop mindless budget cuts and instead restore the progressive income tax.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:31:46 PM PST

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  •  Thank you for visiting Gov. My dad and stepmom (0+ / 0-)

    live in Mt Kisco/Bedford Corners Area.

    Thank you for your great work for the state of New York!

    Best Wishes!

  •  thank you, governor patterson! (0+ / 0-)

    as a displaced new yorker (lost in hotel california), i look forward to returning home one day.

    i look forward to watching you bring new york back to the hands and hearts of the people of this wonderful place!

    thank you for asking and, most of all, thank you for listening!

  •  Dude (1+ / 0-)
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    .... hwwwhhhaattt.

    The Governor is on DKos... REDICULOUS.

    Ok folks, lets get real... the REVELUTION is here.

    Lets start the fire....

  •  Sir, I am so proud you are my governor (4+ / 0-)

    Thank you for taking the initiative to begin regulating credit default swaps,  while everyone else was running around in circles..

  •  From you constituent! (0+ / 0-)

    Governor, how wonderful to see your post here on dkos! I'd like to give you a report from the trenches here in Central NY. We were all excited about your visit to Syracuse and your town hall meeting on Tues. Just a few days ago my friends and I were discussing on a run how impressed we are with you and the job you have done thus far. We know how tough things are for you not only with the state of our country but the state of our state; having to slash school aid, I'm sure, is a very hard thing for you to propose. Believe me, we appreciate your not sugar coating anything for us.
      I looked for you at Boilermaker at the start - I was in that first corral and we were all very excited that our visually impaired Governor was tackling the Boilermaker with us!! I hope you enjoyed the experience even though the weather conditions that day were not ideal. Hope you will run again next year!!
      We wish you the very best and I look forward to reading your future posts on dkos!

  •  Governor, good to VISIT with you again. eom. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Welcome back, Gov (1+ / 0-)
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    Look forward to your updates.

    In TX-32, track the voting record of Pete Sessions at SessionsWatch.

    by CoolOnion on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:15:38 PM PST

  •  Uh, Gov. Please let the State University of New (3+ / 0-)
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    York take control of its destiny. My God, this statewide board of trustees is killing us. Let us compete with Penn State and Rutgers.

    I support your budget, as well, though it's going to hurt everyone very badly. I also thought your proposal to cap salary increases instead of firing people was reasonable and wise.

    Look at these people! They suck each other! They eat each other's saliva and dirt! -- Tsonga people of southern Africa on Europeans kissing.

    by upstate NY on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:15:48 PM PST

    •  Ditto with upstate NY... (2+ / 0-)
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      We've been talking about this all week and we know there are going to be cuts that will hurt, but at least we can hope to keep our jobs (especially those of us who have taken on more and more responsibilties as people have retired or resigned).

      "It's a magical world Hobbes, ol' buddy... ...Let's go exploring!" Calvin (Bill Watterson)

      by BirderWitch on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:19:53 PM PST

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  •  Be tough, accept the rage (3+ / 0-)
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    I was watching a speech you gave about the state's budget crisis.

    You seemed to be made out of solid titanium shielding, but, if not: you and Corzine did not make the economy pop like a balloon.

    You have to make the best choices you can make, under the circumstances, and accept that people will cry bloody murder about things that really have nothing to do with you.

  •  NY-48th Sen. District here. (1+ / 0-)
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    Darrel rocks!! Was a fun election day as Northern NY turns bluer and bluer!

    Second Life NetRoots Nation

    by winkk on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:16:39 PM PST

  •  Just moved to the Cooperstown Area (4+ / 0-)
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    and would like to say I'm actually happy about my Governor again (I just came from California).

    I've been looking for help with my small business, but have been rather disappointed by the response from various people in the state and county governments. I know there's not a lot of money around right now, but I hope that your staff and our elected officials in New York will remember that small businesses are an important part of the economy.

    I hope you will keep small businesses in mind (in my case, very small) while you set about the awesome chore of improving the state for everyone.

    A little marriage equality would be great, too, now that the Democrats control the state Senate!

  •  Welcome to the Dkos Community Govenor (1+ / 0-)
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    by GlowNZ on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:18:18 PM PST

  •  Go Yankees :) (0+ / 0-)

    Go yanks!

    If you actually read my comment and not just the title of it please put a # in your reply.

    by acsguitar on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:19:44 PM PST

  •  'Allo, Govnah! (2+ / 0-)
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    Shoine ya shays fer a sixpaynce, milowd?

    [/19th century street whelp impression]

  •  As your neighbor in CT (1+ / 0-)
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    I say welcome.

    We all the next few years will have to make sacrifices in many ways for a variety of people.  We will get through this but it's not going to be pretty.  Hopefully some meaningful legislation will be passed to prevent this type of debacle in the future.

    I look forward to your future post, your thoughts on how to solve these escalating problems and your humbleness for soliciting other options -- a mark of a wise person in my opinion.

    By uniting and presenting all our ideas, we will go forward.

    Thanks, Govenor Paterson

  •  You're my Governor, (3+ / 0-)
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    Governor, and I like what you're doing so far with fiscal responsibility.  Of course you're not making yourself very popular with lots of people!

    Rosa sat, so Martin could walk...Martin walked, so Obama could run...Obama won so now our children can FLY!

    by wry twinger on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:21:17 PM PST

  •  Governor: Let this be your legacy: (7+ / 0-)

    Equal marriage - for all.

    Do we really need bipartisanship now that we won the election?

    by Montreal Progressive on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:21:44 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Gov Paterson. You showed a (1+ / 0-)
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    steady hand and common sense during a time of upheaval in your state. We should all be so lucky to have a governor such as yourself.  I look forward to seeing you here in the future.  

    I'm Black and I voted No on Prop 8. Ease up out ma face, k?

    by Red Reign on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:21:51 PM PST

  •  Start the Tax Shift, away from Income Tax... (2+ / 0-)
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    Thank you so much for being here.  What an example you are setting!  

    I ask that you consider that we we start a Tax Shift, away from Income Tax towards Resource Protection (with thanks to Natural Capitalism).

    The reason for this is simple: Income Tax was conceived when people were scarce and resources plentiful.  The reverse is now true, but our system of taxation continues to penalize the cost of labor and to provide "perverse subsidies" for the destruction of resources.

    Here is one framework to start the shift in as painless yet effective a way as possible:

    Move our economy off fossil fuels completely within a very short time frame.


    Shift from taxing income to protecting resources.

    Many progressives react negatively to the concept of resource taxes, expressing special concern that a resource tax disproportionately hits the poor and low income.  

    Note that the objective does not call for "taxing resources" rather it calls for "protecting resources".  Therefore:

    Shift from taxing income to protecting resources, without taxing resource use.  

    Offer tax credits for Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency Improvement projects (RE/EEI) to all US businesses that have paid employees (hence payroll taxes).

    This strategy has the effect of cutting taxes to the degree that a business invests the tax cut into RE/EEI.  
    In this manner income tax is reduced, but we have not reduced taxes overall.  Instead, we have allowed a business to control (within the bounds of the program) how those particular taxes are spent.  

    The business makes a direct investment in private infrastructure (RE/EEI) and owns whatever investment it makes.  

    These strategies strengthen democracy through distributed power, in both senses – power generation and accompanying political power.

    Note: the existing Production / Investment Tax Credit is offered only to widely-held corporations when they have tax liability.  The strategy here is to make such credits as widely available as possible.  

    TACTIC: Core of the Policy Proposal

    Offer a Tax Credit for RE/EEI projects to employers with payroll employees for a portion of the employer’s Payroll Tax liability.

    Here's where the rubber meets the road.  The Policy Proposal here is just one way of achieving the Objective and Strategy laid out.  So whether we use a tax credit applied to Payroll Tax or to withheld income tax, the point is to start the shift and make tax credits that incentivize excellent behavior, widely available.

    I apologize for the length of this "comment"!

    •  Instead, he's shifting taxes (0+ / 0-)

      onto the Property Tax and Sales Tax, just like they've been doing for the last 20 years.

      The whole thing is a disaster.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 07:43:12 PM PST

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    •  Explain to me. (1+ / 0-)
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      I am having trouble seeing how this democratizes the electrical grid. Am I misunderstanding you?

      How is going to solve the many problems discussed above such as funding of schools and transportation systems?

      Does New York really have that many resource intensive industries or resources? I assume the tax  covers metals, forest, soil, etc. Writing this down   right now makes me think that it would impair success like any other tax as the conservatives claim. It cuts into profit either way. Business always opt for more money . . . it is silly to say that they would take less money because the tax margin is higher.

      So they pay more taxes, they also make more money.  

      Does the tax extend to resources shipped into New York? Seems like this would also encourage business  to move to states where they don't have to pay a kind tariff.

      When it comes to creating alt power for the people I think SF has done it right. Putting up the money to buy and build solar panels that will be put on all public buildings and creating up to 50% of the cities energy in under ten years. The panels quickly pay for themselves and stabilize energy prices all while staying in public hands so consumers don't have to pay out the profits to electricity companies.

      This seems more effective and direct than your inverted cap and trade system.

      And another thing - I dont think that capitalism is always more efficient.

      •  attempt to explain (0+ / 0-)

        Right now we tax income up to 35% for top earners.

        The problem with taxing income is that it makes human labor more expensive.

        Ideally we'd make it less expensive to employ humans by removing income tax.  It is good for people to be employed.

        But we have to tax something.  So tax resource use or degradation.  A Carbon Tax for instance would tax anything that releases carbon into the atmosphere.  

        However it is difficult to transition from taxing income to taxing resource use or degradation.  I do think that eventually we will make the transition.

        We need to start now as a matter of great urgency. So how we move in that direction as our economy is collapsing around us?

        One strategy (outlined above) is to find ways that shift from taxing income to incentivizing investment in projects that PROTECT resources.

        Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvements (RE/EEI) do this very nicely.  

        RE/EEI also directly boosts jobs and economic growth while transitioning us away from oil and coal and reducing the amount of energy we use.  

        And, because millions of businesses around the country (or just in New York!) would become power generators (while reducing how much power they consume through EEI), we quite literally are distributing power - both political and energy production.

        Does that make sense?

      •  fyi - kudos to SF (0+ / 0-)

        Trying to answer a few more points you raised:

        1. I agree, capitalism is not always more efficient.  But to the extent that we can orient capitalism to provide socially, ecologically and economically beneficial solutions - great.
        1. I really am trying to avoid going straight to taxing resource use or degradation.  It's the right thing to do in the long term, but right now it would do nothing to help the economy, whereas tax credits for RE/EEI do help the economy a great deal.  And RE/EEI also moves us off coal and oil.  That has all kinds of good benefits, including economic ones.
        1. There are many advantages to lots of businesses generating their own (or at least part of their own) power.  Their energy costs are totally predictable and LOWER over time.  We empower an entire new class of people to care about a KEY sector of our economy and now this new class of people are PLAYERS in this sector.  I guarantee you that the level of political discourse and intelligence will go up as a result.
  •  HI, Gov. have my ear (1+ / 0-)
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    My first impression of you so far has been a good one.  You seem to want to roll up your sleeves and try to solve some of NY problems.  

  •  re: Bloomberg, traffic, and rampant building - (1+ / 0-)
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    I take a taxi each morning to work out of special health needs, and in last few years, I've definitely seen the congestion increase.

    I've also observed concurrent and rampant construction of new high-rise buildings all over town.

    It's the rule that the construction crews take up a whole lane, frequently bulging out into the busiest of streets and avenue. (Second Ave., First Ave., anywhere you look.)

    These buildings cater to high-income New Yorkers - another example of putting the squeeze on poor little middle class folks like me.

    When I first came to town, I was solidly middle-middle class. Able to take a vacation once in a while, on an actual plane, flying somewhere nice or staying with friends, if not in a fancy hotel.

    Maybe even staying on a three-day weekend to visit the Smithsonian,

    Today? Though my pay has gone up, my ability to live has gone down - no plane trips for me, no vacations, and struggling to pay basic rent and taxes. Often, two meals a day, only.

    Can we have more focus on the middle class in NYC, and indeed, statewide?  Especially now that we're in a "Blue York State of Mind," with a Democratic majority in our State Legislature!  

    Please keep people like me in mind, as I struggle to make ends meet, work very hard, and am contemplating moving out of this difficult city to afford.

    Approving less highrise construction would lessen our car and cab traffic, ease our overcrowded sidewalks, and maybe make it easier to keep middle class people like me to stay.

    Thanks for listening, and more thanks for action, Governor!

    "President Barack Obama" - YES WE CAN! OBAMA/BIDEN '08!

    by Blue Waters Run Deep on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:26:30 PM PST

  •  I live in Ithaca. (7+ / 0-)

    Thank you for posting, Governor.  My husband and I moved to New York after living in Boulder, CO and Silicon Valley. Before moving here, we were told that we would be able to afford a mucn larger home in this area. Unfortunately, the astronomical property taxes in New York prevented us from being able to do so.

    We pay a total of almost 5% property tax on our modest home; that means that our tax bill is actually higher each month than our mortgage. That's just an absurdity. We also dreamed of doing an add-on. We could afford the building loan, we just can't afford for our taxes to increase from the re-assessment. So, no one gets hired, no building materials will be purchased and no increase in property value -- all because of the astronomical property taxes. What can be done about this???

    •  When the Governor cuts Education, look for higher (5+ / 0-)
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      property tax.  I live in Schenectady, where many, many houses sit vaant--no one can afford to pay the tax, so the houses languish.  Ithaca is a lovely town.  The fact is, if the State Aid to education is reduced, Ithacans, who rightly value ed for obvious reasons, will raise those taxes even more.

      •  Yup. (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm an Ithacan, too.  What the Governor (with the help of the Legislature) can do about it is to repeal the Pataki tax cuts on the wealthy that made our income tax much less progressive and made our property taxes go through the roof.  NY has some of the highest income inequality in the nation.  We need a progressive income tax to mitigate that, as well as to make our budget balance. [Admittedly, there is also much waste from our dysfunctional system-- the Governor can-- and will-- also attack that.]

        •  Yep. Governor is proposing higher property taxes (0+ / 0-)

          It's completely insane and we have to talk him down.  He needs to bring the income tax back to the progressive levels it used to be at.  At the moment it is simply too expensive to own land, because of the property taxes (mostly the school taxes), and the governor has proposed making it WORSE.

          -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

          by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 07:45:06 PM PST

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  •  Stop the cuts to CUNY! (10+ / 0-)

    Dear Governor Paterson,

    Your proposal to cut $348 million from the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) systems, in addition to calling for drastic tuition hikes, is regressive and wrong headed.

    I realize that you need to balance the state's budget, but balancing it on the backs of low-income students who are doing the right thing, going to school and trying to better themselves is sick and wrong.

    Please reconsider these draconian policies.  

    What is the point of electing Democrats if you are unwilling to stand up for working people?

    •  I must say I agree (1+ / 0-)
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      I was planning on going as part of national student exchange to Plattsburgh or another CUNY, heard about the cuts and I am thinking of going to UMASS instead now. coming from a budget cut victim of a school in FIU, this is a heck of a cause for thought and concern as a student.

    •  I agree also (2+ / 0-)
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      j1j2j3j4, Yasuragi

      As a grad student at Bing. and a student teacher, the idea of cutting money from education is just devastating. College tuition costs are high enough as is for many of the students I see in high school (and high enough for me also). Education is the key for social mobility and jobs, it is the last thing that should face cuts.

      "For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link as that we all inhabit this small planet...We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

      by gradatbing on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 07:17:47 PM PST

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  •  Dear Governor Paterson: (1+ / 0-)
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    As a NY democrat I supported your predecessor and I wholeheartedly support you as governor of this great state. However, let me tell you that I will join an important part of your constituents to oppose cuts in state funding for CUNY and SUNY, that will lead to tuition increases, cuts in the number of classes offered, and faculty and personnel layoffs; and that I expect you to oppose the rise in the cost of public transportation that MTA is considering.
    All of this will take place while officials at these institutions give themselves gigantic raises as if they were fat cats in Wall Street.
    While we as democrats are proud that a person a brilliant as you is our governor, with deep regret we will not hesitate to strongly oppose further impositions on the part of republican or democratic governments that do not take into consideration the pain they inflict on those who need the dictum of "by the people and for the people" to be implemented in all acts of governance.  Please take into account that "the people" of NY is not limited to those who represent the interests of finance, insurance and real estate.
    Please accept my utmost respect.


  •  Why to sell out The City to placate (3+ / 0-)
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    the conservatives upstate to ensure your re-election.

    You're a pragmatic champ!

    I got an idea, instead sucking up to the riches up north, why don't you tax them for once in their lives? And pick up some corporate taxes as well, instead of telling us to eat cake.

    We're not stupid, you know. We see what you are doing there.


    •  Why the hostility toward upstate cities? (3+ / 0-)
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      We are being taxed to death, and we aren't conservative (what a gross sterotype).

      NY is a big state; we have to share.  

      Buffalo is in decline and needs help.  Rochester also needs incentives to revitalize its economy.  Downtown Rochester is almost abandoned (with their shopping mall having just closed).  They have a proposal to revigorate the area through a center for, among other things, the performing arts.  The project should have been started years ago, but they need state funding for this.  There is A LOT more building going on in NYC, and very little is getting through upstate.  Thus, your characterization of what is happening is a little off.  I'm not saying that money isn't being wasted, just that it isn't going to our cities in the way it should.

      •  NYS gets 30% of its revenues from NYC (1+ / 0-)
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        that's being 'taxed to death'.

        •  Of course it does (1+ / 0-)
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          So.  Is that shocking.  Actually, I'm not complaining so much about the taxes themselves;  although, upstate cities need a break when it comes to business tax as jobs are fleeing and we have large populations out of work.

          Buffalo and Rochester are large urban centers that vote Democratic, so I was simply reacting to the tone of the original post.  Are there parts of the state that are getting money that they don't need as favors? probably, but the idea that upstate cities are getting breaks that NYC isn't is wrong.

          The poster below wrote of Binghamton and I am aware of some long standing problems there.  I'm not sure how big Amsterdam is or what their problems might be.

          •  Upstate cities are not getting 'breaks' (0+ / 0-)

            that NYC isn't, they are getting subsidized by NYC. I wouldn't call that a break, just an unfair burden. But no it's not shocking because NYC has been carrying this state for many years.

            •  NYC pays more taxes because it has more (2+ / 0-)
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              people and businesses.  Unfair burden?  NYC has the advantage of having a lot of private investment that keep it running while upstate cities are seeing all of their jobs disappear and can't get investment for their building projects.

              I've lived in upstate cities and in NYC too and see it from different perspectives.  I'm just saying it's a lot more complicated than simply dollar for dollar comparisons.

              •  Not just total dollars but proportionately more (0+ / 0-)

                relative to its population. And size. There is no doubt and no one will deny the city is the economic engine of the state. Just suggest seceding and see how that will go over. All the taxes from the bank profits, real estate transactions and income tax from Wall St bonuses has kept the state going. Now that these sources of revenue from the city are greatly reduced (the bank profits is something crazy like 90% down), the state is really feeling the pinch.
                A great example is the 'revenue sharing' of the Off Track Betting deal between the city and state. Bloomberg made demands of the state to keep the deal in place which the state did not agree to, now NYC has given up its 'revenue' from OTB. Its net loss after 'giving up' this 'revenue sharing'? ZERO. So like everything else there it was carrying the state along like an anvil tied to its ankle.

                •  You sound like a right-winger (1+ / 0-)
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                  The Shepherd

                  Should we also cut loose those "anvils" that are the homeless and the children?

                  A major city and its hinterlands are interdependent. Their economies depend on each other (many upstate residents commute to jobs in the City, or work in branches of companies headquartered there, or provide inputs like foodstuffs, gasoline, lumber, asphalt...). In the case of NYC, it even depends on its region for its drinking water.  We need each other. Stop grousing like an old wingnut, and join the community of NYers, where we care about each other.

      •  Schenectady, Amsterdam, Binghamton... (5+ / 0-)
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        SadEagle, neroden, dennisl, robinia, runart

        all are hurting HUGELY. And all have strong Democratic presence. The downstate ignorance of everything north of Yonkers is a sad spectacle. True, upstate tends to vote more conservatively, but in the cities, new slums have emerged at a truly shocking rate. As a life long upstater and lifelong Dem, I am very sad about the dichotomy between the boom downstate/east of the Hudson and the economic carnage almost everywhere else.

      •  CUNY vs. SUNY, NYC vs. upstate (1+ / 0-)
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        I've been teaching English Composition in the CUNY system, first as an adjunct lecturer, then as a teaching fellow for three and a half years now. (It's the same job, but splitting it up into different titles makes it a lot easier for CUNY to shaft you on benefits.) I've been a full time grad student the whole time. Each year, I've taught 12 credit-hours. It's immensely rewarding teaching CUNY students, many of whom are first-generation college students from working-class/minority/immigrant backgrounds, but's it's been time-consuming and soul-consuming. During this entire period, I've had no health insurance. For over a year, we couldn't even go to our student health clinic because that's how long it took them to hire a new nurse practitioner.
        Next January, for the first time in the States, I'll receive health coverage. This is only because the union discovered that SUNY grad students doing a fraction (literally--about a third or a fourth) of the work we do receive health insurance, and after lengthy negotiations, unless it gets revoked under the impending budget cuts, we'll be covered under the same plan.
        A lot of us at CUNY bear a grudge towards SUNY, which we see as much better-funded--and much whiter.
        Of course, it's not too productive to bicker between CUNY and SUNY, but that's part of the reason why some of us in NYC resent upstate NY. I'd imagine that other NYC public employees could say something similar.

    •  Ummm... (5+ / 0-)

      You may not be stupid, but you are falling victim to one of the great downstate NY myths/fallacies.  MOST OF UPSTATE RESEMBLES SUBURBAN NYC TO THE NORTH NOT AT ALL. West of the Hudson Valley, we never really recovered from the recession of the early '90s.  When Spitzer said it looked like Appalachia.... well, surprise, the Southern Tier IS Appalachia!

      I'm with you on progressive taxation.... but, I'm with Malcolm Smith on "one NY."  No more upstate bashing downstate, no more downstate bashing upstate.  That's bad habits learned from 40 years of legislative dysfunction....

      •  And the parts that aren't apalachia... (1+ / 0-)
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        The Shepherd

        ... are the industrial Midwest. Cities like Buffalo and Rochester have a lot in common with Pittsburgh and Detroit. And like them, the region is still hurting because the manufacturing jobs are gone. The population is stagnant at best, and a lot of the younger people are leaving because they can't find jobs --- both people born in the region, and those coming for schools and finding it they love it here.

        Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say... (from "Creatures of Light and Darkness", R. Zelazny)

        by SadEagle on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 09:36:15 PM PST

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    •  Actually, Paterson is proposing to screw upstate (1+ / 0-)
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      Our biggest problem upstate is property taxes, which have shot through the roof, to the point where people consider them before thinking about mortgage costs -- and Paterson is proposing a massive property tax increase, by shoving lots of costs onto localities.  

      Instead, he should restore the income taxes on the wealthy which we had before Pataki blew a hole in the state budget.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 07:47:21 PM PST

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    •  have you ever left brooklyn? (1+ / 0-)
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      really? have you?  we are drowning in decay upstate.  property and school taxes are off the charts.  the only reason we haven't gotten crushed by the housing crash is that prices never went up dramatically either because we don't have any good jobs.  we have a walmart economy up here and there is no direction locally or at the state level to get us out of it (sorry Gov. Patterson)  we struggle everyday just to make ends meet.  We have fantastic colleges and universities and it takes about 1 hour after graduation for all of the talent to leave. and by the way the "conservative upstate" you disrespectfully speak of busted our asses for Obama.  Regularly making trips to Pennsylvania to go door to door for votes.  If it sounds like I am pissed off by the way it is becuase I am.  

      For the true measure of a man is not by success or failure The true measure of a man is not what he has accomplished but, what he is still willing to do.

      by The Shepherd on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 08:43:56 AM PST

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  •  tax drain to the Feds (2+ / 0-)
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    Governor, glad to see you step into the lion's den and meet the folks here.  

    One of the drains on the state and city of New York is the federal tax money sent to DC and on to other states. Pat Moynihan used to grumble about it in his usual eloquent manner. Given the strength of our Democratic delegation from the Empire state, can they at least get some of that money back in the form of transportation, infrastructure and other high-impact public works? I'm more than a bit divided about this issue myself, being a native of the island of Manhattan (Beth Israel, baby boomer class, my parents neighborhood was Hell's Kitchen), but the state I now call home, New Mexico, is a beneficiary of those tax dollars being sent from NY and NJ.

    Our cities are our greatest strength and greatest challenges for the 21st century. We can do so much to reduce our energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by refurbishing and upgrading the infrastructure of our cities with a high benefit return for the people who live in them.

    Like others, I think one good way to start balancing the budget is by some mil transfer fee on stocks etc., and make a pact with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut to have the same fee, so the remaining traders can't just change their address to avoid a minor fee.

    Thanks for writing a diary, I hope you find inspiration and support among the comments.

    and don't be a stranger, drop by when you have a chance, we can have some coffee, catch up.

  •  What about the middle class?? (2+ / 0-)
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    robinia, bushondrugs

    Thanks for coming here Governor but seriously, the budgetary axe you are wielding is horrendous for the middle class and the poor. Nowhere in the budget do the rich have to shoulder any of the burden.

    How about a Better Choice for NY?

    There are real solutions to our short and long term problems and putting progressive ideas ahead of cutting useful programs that help the least amongst us should be priority #1!

  •  Please discipline the three renegade (0+ / 0-)

    Democrats from nyc soon.  The state legislature should be run by Democrats.  

    People know what they do; they frequently know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does. -Michel Foucault

    by eamonsean on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:32:47 PM PST

  •  I don't live anywhere near NY (0+ / 0-)

    but I am a big fan of the Governor.  Thanks for the hands on involvement and for the diary.  I wish more highly placed officials would solicit feedback from the people they govern.  :)

  •  Please support Mayor Bloomberg as he attempts (0+ / 0-)

    to make New York City the greenest city in the world.  Bicycles, hybrids, pedestrians:  these are the keys to the New York of the future, and together you and the Mayor can make a lasting change in the quality of life for people in all five boroughs and beyond.

    •  PlaNYC is critical to the future of New York (1+ / 0-)
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      Neon Mama

      If there's any one set of planned investments that I want to see spared from the necessary budget cuts of the next couple of years, it's this one.

      PlaNYC 2030 website

      What of these action items from PlaNYC are least likely to be spared from budget cuts?

      1. Create homes for almost a million more New Yorkers, while making housing more affordable and sustainable
      1. Ensure that all New Yorkers live within a 10-minute walk of a park
      1. Clean up all contaminated land in New York
      1. Open 90% of our waterways for recreation by reducing water pollution and preserving our natural areas
      1. Develop critical back-up systems for our aging water network to ensure long-term reliability
      1. Improve travel times by adding transit capacity for millions more residents
      1. Reach a full "state of good repair" on New York City’s roads, subways, and rails for the first time in history
      1. Provide cleaner, more reliable power for every New Yorker by upgrading our energy infrastructure
      1. Achieve the cleanest air quality of any big city in America
      1. Reduce global warming emissions by more than 30%
  •  Pleased to meet you, Gov. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm a former NYS legislative staffer. I moved from New York eleven years ago, but I've never really stopped being a New Yorker. Thanks for reaching out.

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

    by FischFry on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:37:59 PM PST

  •  Thanks for dropping by Gov. Best of luck! (0+ / 0-)

    McCain/(Hagee+Parsley) '08 "We Hunt Jews and Muslims So You Dont Have To. Straight Talk"

    by DFutureIsNow on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:40:31 PM PST

  •  Education is the bilge pump. Don't throw it (2+ / 0-)
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    neroden, Neon Mama

    Overboard to stop the sinking.  Use it.

    •  Some tough words back at you. (0+ / 0-)

      I am not impressed with the "fix" being slash and burn, massive layoffs of education and health workers and turning people out doing useful and needed jobs and adding to the misery. That's not leadership, that is dealing with the dirty fallout of the economic crisis and accepting it fatalistically.

      New York sends 11 to 18% MORE taxes to the feds than it gets back. We subsidize wonderful Southern states like Texas and Georgia and then get insulted that we have a "generous, exepensive" educational complex and services for our citizens. They don't spend anything like we do, take welfare they don't deserve the extra funds from other states and use the insulting route about how "wasteful and so liberal" this state is. Not true. We are helping them keep their taxes low and services lower involuntarily, I might add.

      That formula is seriously out of wack.  We need to keep more of these federal funds in balance, not subsidize other states. Period.

      We need free junior college and state 4 year schools to qualified applicants to survive in the modern economy, not more expensive tuitions that decrease the numbers that can attend.  We can tax them later to make up when they qualify and actually can hold a decent job. That's the way the rest of the world does it. That would be NY leading.

      We need a health care plan that actually covers all New Yorkers to relieve the burden on businesses in this state. That would be NY leading.

      Instead we get not for profit hospitals ,nursing homes and plans converting to profit status. Results are: become more expensive, fewer people covered. Again the wrong direction.

      cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

      by Pete Rock on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 06:36:16 AM PST

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  •  Thanks for the unity the NY Caucus showed at DNC (1+ / 0-)
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    I appreciate the unity the New York Caucus showed to Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention.

    In order for the Democratic agenda to find a way forward, unity is so very important.

    I appreciate your efforts and leadership in supporting our candidate, President-Elect Barack Obama, once named as the Democratic nominee.

    That was a time of challenge for our party.

    'Country First, People LAST'- John Mccain.

    by daq3405 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:45:16 PM PST

  •  Thank you for your continued support (3+ / 0-)
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    Neon Mama, JesseCW, mirandasright

    of gay rights.  

  •  The Question Must be Ridiculous (1+ / 0-)
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    It's an honor to 'speak' with you.  I have become a huge fan, particularly following your outstanding speech at the DNC.

    Keep up the good work.

    Chimpy (NY native / CO resident)

  •  THE WURST IS BEHIND US? (4+ / 0-)

    When laws and sausages get made, no sight for tummies weak.
    If you’d keep your appetite, stay out of town this week.
    In Paterson’s Delicatessen, charcuterie is made
    Of sacred cows and other things sent through his budget blade.
    No lamb is safe from sacrifice. No ox will not be gored.
    No tiny bit of pork or fat is going to be restored.
    Hashed, pureed and chopped and stuffed into a waiting casing,
    This wurst, he hopes, will get us through the hard times we are facing.

  •  Governor Patterson (0+ / 0-)

    So, when do you think you'll actually begin governing like a Democrat? Your budget proposals will probably end NYC's public health system as we know it. A health sysytem that continually gets good marks from JCAHO. There's nothing that you are doing that couldn't have been done by Pataki. Not a dimes worth of difference if you ask me.

    I'm a Democratic constituent and live on Long Island.

  •  With all that NY has endured (3+ / 0-)
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    I understand that tough decisions must be made. My prayer is that the cuts begin within the administration and not on the backs of students  children, families, the poor and homeless.

    Suggestions: Drastically cut business travel. Use the internet to hold meetings (completely freeze the travel and training budget for one year. Cut electric bill by eliminating duplicate equipment ie copy machines, unused phone lines.
    To keep employees, those who can, work from home and other have 4 day work week, as a cost cutting measure.
    Offer opportunities for retirees to voluteer to work for the government, or work at a reduced salary. Freezing and cutting is always hard. I wish you much success Governor.

  •  STAR (2+ / 0-)
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    neroden, robinia

    In better economic times, this return of property taxes, especially to the fixed-income homeowners (gosh, that may be most of us now) made some slight sense.

    But why collect the tax, other than to take a few months' worth of float on the money and then hand it back like Lady Bountiful?

    The cost of printing the STAR checks must cancel out a bit of the NY State gain.

    Obviously I am a New York resident, and I have been for over thirty years.

    Thank you, Gov. Paterson for a way to "talk" to you and I have bookmarked your new web site.

    Americans, while occasionally willing to be serfs, have always been obstinate about being peasantry. F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Great Gatsby

    by riverlover on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:53:26 PM PST

  •  Today I heard Randy Weingarten say 'they' need (0+ / 0-)

    to dig deeper into their pockets to find the money to continue and increase services. I don't know who she thinks 'they' are, and how she thinks you can get blood from a stone, but there is nowhere to dig deeper into and SHE has to realize everyone is going to have to make sacrifices.

    I am disappointed that during your state hiring freeze over 30,000 jobs have been added in 'exempt' areas to state payrolls.

    And the Legislature's and three state unions behavior yesterday is shameful. I'm glad you're going to propose the cuts since they decided to ignore your call to suggest cuts.

    Obviously I am a New Yorker. Thank you for sharing this information.

  •  Welcome Guv. It's lovely to meet you (0+ / 0-)


    It's great to have one of you guvs with us.  I admire your ilk, even some of the Republican ones.  You're so directly linked to the real affairs of governance that you simply can't get away with "stupid" for too long. (not meaning YOU, I'm not even paying that close attention to NY, my state, GA, has it's own problems)

    I have a lot of hope because of Obama's election.  However, I've been reading a book by Marc Faber on business cycles, and finding that this mess we're in has happened repeatedly and been written about repeatedly, and that people who study economics and have studied this stuff did what they have done in the last decade or two, in spite of this acknowledged history, scares the heck outta me.

    Greenspan (and Bernake and Rubin) need to be completely discredited, at the very least.

    And don't get me started about Clinton.

    I did get a chuckle today when Bush was all like, we're all multi-cultural Keynessians now.  Sure he immediately back-pedaled, but it was fun while it lasted, or that it even happened.

    Limbaugh will be wild tomorrow.

    "Yes dear. Conspiracy theories really do come true." (tuck, tuck)

    by tribalecho on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 02:57:02 PM PST

  •  Paterson is the sh*t (3+ / 0-)

    What a great speech at the DNC. "If the answer is John McCain then the question must be rediculous!"-Gov.Paterson

    Dear Gov.Paterson: Your thoughts on attracting young professionals to New York and confronting the relatively higher cost of living.

  •  Reasonable Drug Laws (11+ / 0-)

    Hi Governor: I live in Brooklyn, and I voted for you in 2006.

    I see that you've got a Democratic state legislature now, the first one in generations.

    How about reforming the NY state drug laws already? The existing Rockefeller drug laws installed by Nixon's favorite NY governor way back in 1973. We've got prisons full of NY'ers who could be working and/or taking care of their families, instead of costing the rest of us over $30,000 a year to train to be actual criminals. We've got lawless neighborhoods which can't go to the police because the drugs are the only real money coming in, so they must chose between police and dealers for protection. We've got laws practically no one believes are at all just, so it's hard to get respect, especially from young people more sensitive to hypocrisy, from people who live under them. We've got mentally ill or socially maladjusted people who gravitate to criminal activity that poses little or no physical risk, like drugs, whose behavior gets worse because they can't handle the drugs.

    But we've also got a population that can handle decriminalization of nonaddictive drugs, like marijuana (and plenty of others like LSD, mushrooms, peyote and others). People who handle the much more unhealthy (for themselves and others) drugs like alcohol and tobacco simply by learning by the time they're 21 that there's a time and a place, and limits for everyone. Even the addictive drugs would be no more harmful to people if dispensed by a doctor's prescription as part of counseling and therapy for whatever actually makes them prefer these addictive substances - like any other potent substance already widely prescribed in modern NY. We've also got plenty of totally harmless users of nonaddictive drugs like marijuana whose entire economic activity merely raises law enforcement costs, without paying any taxes towards that upkeep, and endangering themselves both by criminals and by police.

    NY has grown up since 1973. We don't need to keep fighting that ancient culture war in the streets every day. Not at its now-obvious costs, and tiny, unjustifiable benefits. Those old drug laws don't properly govern anything or anyone, if they ever did.

    Can you help bring the wave of change to NY that we all just voted for in such overwhelming numbers, in basic ways like making sense of how we govern drugs?

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:05:32 PM PST

  •  Consolidation will always save money -- (2+ / 0-)
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    Wide Awake in NJ, robinia

    it's the basis for most corporate mergers.

    So please consider a consolidation that will help the struggling upstate economy a lot -- abolishing the Thruway Authority, consolidating it with the state Department of Transportation, and generally doing away with intrastate tolls.

    Deval Patrick in Massachusetts has proposed a similar project with his Turnpike Authority.

    A NY project would be different, certainly, but it is well worth working on.

    Some aspects I would like to see include: a modest toll at the Massachusetts and Pennsylvania borders for passenger cars, and a higher toll for big trucks; keeping tolls for the Tappan Zee Bridge; firing all the Pataki hacks at the Thruway Authority; and knocking down toll booths that, around Albany anyway, cost commuters more in gas and time than is collected in tolls.

    And funding the shortfall with a higher gas tax, which is a lot more doable now than it was in the last legislative session.

    I'll post this over at your site, too.

    Thanks again for stopping by our little "far-left hate" site.

    The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

    by devtob on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:06:16 PM PST

  •  My Governor (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you governor for posting on Daily Kos. You are doing an excellent job in the city and your honesty goes a long way in these hard times.

    Thanks for reaching out.

    Don't think for a moment that power concedes. Obama

    by weegeeone on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:06:20 PM PST

  •  As I have now voted here, I am very proud (0+ / 0-)

    to call myself a New Yorker, a citizen of the Empire State.  Thank you for your leadership and service when called upon.

    My seven year old attends public elementary school in the city _ his administrators and teachers are truly some of the most talented & able in the country, public or private...the curriculum is arts based and exempt from the city. This is not a specialised school like Anderson and yet, his school is exceptional. I cannot think of another city which possesses inner city schools with such academic strength combined with the complete diversity and community than we have at our P.S. We moved in 2006 from Texas specifically because of the outcome of the 2004 election, for more lucrative, rewarding, creative jobs working with people whose values we share and this school after we visited it in 2005.

    I believe school constuction should be a greater priority, teachers and administrators should be given more space to teach in, allowing for smaller class size.  In a very strategic way I think that this is the time to pick up the land necessary for long term capital improvements parks, schools etc. Keep building & keep people working.  Please pass on to Supt. Klien :) We love living here and have a visceral sense of what it means to take the good with the bad, bittersweet life in full.  I concur with the opinion that New York is "the place where no dream is too big to come true." for that is our experience.  All Best.

    Thank you again for your service.

  •  Gov Paterson, it's wonderful to meet you (1+ / 0-)
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    and even more wonderful that you have opened up this dialog.  In a time when government has become so secretive, it's refreshing to know that leaders are seeking out constituents to hear what they think should be done and how to accomplish it.

    Leaders like you and President Elect Obama have restored my faith in our government - a faith that was totally lost during the 8 years of the Bush administration.

    Thank you for all you do!

  •  Don't forget the Dacks! (2+ / 0-)
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    So glad to see you here Gov!  As a resident of North Eastern NY, at the foothills of the Dacks, I have to say we feel a little on our own up here.  My town is in dire straights, and not for lack of charging taxes!  We have nothing.  I know this is on a local level, but something needs to be done.  We have boil water advisories 3/4 of the year or more, NO JOKE!  There are broken fire hydrants, water breaks, all kinds of issues with the water delivery, and waste water treatment.  

    Now, I don't want my town to go broke, but it just does not seem right that they are continually breaking rules and no one higher up, with maybe half a brain, comes in and fixes things.  They are inept.  Apparently being a small town, the talent pool isn't very large.  

    We are also experiencing problems with lack of resources.  We do not have a true grocery store.  We have to travel from the village, 20-30 miles to get to a grocery store that is in state.  Of course, we could just hop the border and shop in VT, but that wouldn't help NY, now would it. There are no jobs here either.  Things are rough.

    I know these are local issues mostly, but this town is an embarrassment to NY state.  It is like the uncle no one likes.  There is potential here, and I think to tap into that potential there has to be pressure from higher up.  Heavy pressure.  

  •  LOL, just compare our Gov. Paterson to that other (4+ / 0-)
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    fahra, robinia, Yasuragi, runart

    governor, Sarah Palin. Boy am I glad I live in NY.

    •  Well, if you put it that way... (0+ / 0-)

      I do like our Governor, even though I don't like my town, I surely don't blame Governor Paterson, or Spitzer, or Pataki, or Cuomo..  I do think that any one of them could/could have helped to make things more even.  I don't think clean, safe, drinking water and working fire hydrants is too much to ask.

  •  Hey Kos community, rec this up (2+ / 0-)
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    Yasuragi, scott on the rock

    and encourage other pols to stop by and start a discussion with us.  These types of diaries are incredibly productive and really underscore the role our community can play in affecting politics.

  •  thanks for stopping by, governor! (1+ / 0-)
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    let's get to 60 in the senate!

    by danthrax on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:15:21 PM PST

  •  Hoping you find a good Dem to replace Hillary (1+ / 0-)
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    I just want to share that I sincerely hope there is a spot in Obama's cabinet for Hillary and that you find yourself forced to look for a good Democrat to take her place in the Senate.

    Happy days are here again!

    by Sharkmeister on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:15:35 PM PST

  •  Welcome back, Governor Paterson. (0+ / 0-)

    Although I do not live in New York, I have visited and found that city to be so vibrant, full of life, and stuffed with so much to see and do.  I am very excited that you are here.

    I look forward to your, and our, work to take back our country and to make it reach its fullest potention for all concerned.  I look forward to working with the folks on this blog and others, who want to see our country once again at its best.

    I thank you for your desire to roll up your sleeves and be about the business of doing the tough stuff.

    Thank you, and it will be a pleasure working with you.

    "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few....or the one." Mr. Spock, The Wrath of Khan

    by RO45 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:15:45 PM PST

  •  And Thank You. (2+ / 0-)
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    For signing the Safe Harbor Act for Exploited Youth Act, a law that gives sexually exploited children in New York State the same protections extended to foreign-born children under the federal law.

    The Safe Harbor Act implemented in 2010 will become the strongest anti-trafficking law in the country. It will be a critical tool by no longer criminalizing sexually exploited children. New York State has taken the human rights approach that is premised on the understanding that these children are victims not criminals.

    Thank you Governor for moving us into the next century!

    Don't think for a moment that power concedes. Obama

    by weegeeone on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:16:15 PM PST

  •  You are my governor (0+ / 0-)

    Your reaching out means a lot to us. Thank You.

    I know your plate is overflowing, but can you look into this basket ball arena here in Brooklyn. It's blighting the immediate area. Business's are closing, leaving empty store fronts. Given the economy, maybe this project should be scaled back so the eminent domain cases are no longer delaying it. Maybe low cost housing should be the focus here.

    And gay marriage, please.

    Looking  forward to visiting your site.

    •  yes, It's time to pull the plug on Atlantic Yards (2+ / 0-)
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      Mr. Governor, if you are serious about reform in Albany, reform in our budgets and in doing the right thing with integrity, that all starts with the egregious and abusive Atlantic Yards project.

      Do right by the people of Brooklyn and put a stop to the abuses of the project, and start over. You have the right and the power to do this.

      Prove to us how steeled you are for the fight for justice and economic prudence.

      Know all your enemies. We know who our enemies are. Stop Eminent Domain Abuse. End Corporate Welfare

      by BrooklynBoy on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:22:58 PM PST

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  •  I lived in New York for twenty years (1+ / 0-)
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    leaving shortly after the 1974 'Drop Dead New York' debacle, to move to Los Angeles. I will always think of the city as the greatest city on earth except for London, Paris, Madrid, etc.

    It would be a wonderful thing if ALL state governors bothered to come here and chat with this community about the specific problems their states encounter.  The more we know about each other the better information we have to make the regional   compromises that are necessary on the federal front.

    I now live out west and obviously the problems of the southwest are very different. but in the sprit of unifying the nation and expanding the big tent you might suggest this to your fellow Governors.

    I Love New York!

  •  Difficult times ahead for NY agencies (4+ / 0-)

    Governor Paterson, it is wonderful to see you here. I am going to check out your website next.

    I work as finance manager for one of the small non-profit agencies in NYS that deliver social services. We have a NYS contract and are a subcontractor on another state contract. We know our funding will be cut at least 6% - possibly much more - and most of this money is used to hire a couple of dozen people. As you worry about balancing the state's budget, I also worry if it will be possible to balance our agency's budget without laying off staff.

    I strongly suggest eliminating the STAR property tax rebate. My family could afford to give up $230 per year.

    I believe that the state needs some revenue as well as cuts. Too much cutting could make the downward spiral even worse.

    "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein

    by scifiknitter on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:20:42 PM PST

  •  You , sir, are impressive! I've been watching! (1+ / 0-)
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    Dudehisattva... <div style="color: #0000a0;">"Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"&l

    by Dood Abides on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:24:06 PM PST

  •  Thanks for posting (0+ / 0-)

    You have been an inspirational leader for New York and, as a New Yorker, I'm very proud to have you as my Governor.

    My question:  Senator Ruben Diaz is threatening to caucus with the Republicans if the Democrats followup on their promise to bring marriage equality (gay marriage) up for a vote in the State Senate.  You have previously voiced your support for marraige equality.  What will you do to ensure that New York gets marriage equality by 2010?

  •  My recommendation to ANY governor. (1+ / 0-)
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    I know it is hard times and it is a "all hands on deck" situation we find ourselves in. That said, could I recommend EVERY state Governor start building an actual surplus and start funding the budgets from INTREST EARNED.

    Yes it is hard times, but even in the HARDEST TIMES I have EVER FACED, I have ALWAYS mananged to at the very least SAVE MY POCKET CHANGE!

    Can not states actually think about SAVING at least NICKEL! Try and earn some interest for the LONG RUN.

    CONGRATS and BEST of Luck.

    LUCK = Preperation meeting opportunity

  •  Thank you for coming here ... (0+ / 0-)

    to discuss what are certainly going to be critical and important issues not only for your state but fo all of the US.

    Love is the only answer ... Hate is the root of cancer

    by relayerbob on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:28:35 PM PST

  •  whats this I hear about you wanting NY State... (2+ / 0-)
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    employees to forgo a week of pay to help the budget?
    I don't know if this is accurate, but 1010wins was reporting it today.
    Surely there is a better way to deal with the budget then asking people who make a few hundred dollars a week to not get paid.

    Addressed to the Inhabitants of America

    by CommonSense2k8 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:30:16 PM PST

    •  It's called "lag pay" (1+ / 0-)
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      We already are on a 2 week lag, meaning when you get hired, you're not paid for 4 weeks. The 2 weeks of lag pay are given to you when you leave or retire, generally at a higher pay rate by then. To add another week, which is what Paterson is asking, means for the next 5 pay checks, you get 9 days pay instead of 10. (Pay is every 2 weeks) The extra week goes with the other 2, you get it all back when you leave.
      Jeez, I really can't explain that very well, but I tried. :)

      No matter where you go, there you are...

      by DemfromDaBronx on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 05:35:05 PM PST

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      •  It's illegal. Federal law says you must be (0+ / 0-)

        paid in a reasonable time frame if you are salaried. And it has to be in currency, not barter or a "promissory" note to have you paid next year or 10 years from now. To actually get this  unpaid week done would require a suspension of Federal wage  regulations that protect workers in all kinds of businesses, public and private.

         Maybe that is in the works, which has as a consequence the permitting of all kinds of chicanery the law was originally enacted to prevent.

        cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

        by Pete Rock on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 06:21:25 AM PST

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        •  Illegal or not... (0+ / 0-)

          ...they're already lagging two weeks of pay for NY state employees, and they've been doing it for years. So either they're breaking the law, or theirs a loophole somewhere. Now they want to add another week, and we really don't like it.

          No matter where you go, there you are...

          by DemfromDaBronx on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 05:02:39 PM PST

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  •  As a resident of NW Connecticut (2+ / 0-)
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    I would like to see some better infrastructure between our two states in this local region. There are a lot of great vacation destinations both here and in western Mass - really the greater Berkshires area - and a lot of New Yorkers who are interested in having better access to these areas.

    Conversely, there is great interest here to have better transportation options to get to places in eastern NY state as well as better access to New York City.

    Could it be possible for our two state governments to work together on better passenger high speed rail and other transportation and resource sharing initiatives? Could you and Gov Rell possibly see if there are any barriers that could be removed to help encourage economic growth, both in this part of CT and in the Poughkeepsie/Kingston area?

    Thank you so much for asking for feedback :-)

    "The revolution's just an ethical haircut away..." Billy Bragg

    by grannyhelen on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:30:56 PM PST

  •  Question for the Gov. that gets all the love (4+ / 0-)

    Hi, I'm a 24 year old liberal from your neighboring state, CT, and was wondering if you see marriage equality for the gay community in your state's future?  Considering the setbacks in California and the strides forward in CT it would seem to me that NY is the next logical step in the move towards marriage equality.

    Better DEAD than red!

    by AfroPonix on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:33:22 PM PST

  •  As a resident of North Carolina (0+ / 0-)

    The key to economics and politics for Democrats lies in expanding our base in rural areas.  Significant proposals for enabling people in rural areas to earn better incomes is critical to expanding our base.  And it makes good economic sense for areas that are not rural.

  •  Hi Governor. I'm Levi from Clinton County. (1+ / 0-)
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    I realize that our state, like the rest of the country, is facing serious economic problems. This will undoubtedly force us to make difficult decisions about what we want to spend our money on. I sincerely hope, however, that we can keep tuition affordable in our public universities. I have a brother attending SUNY Plattsburgh, and I myself just graduated from SUNY Buffalo and hope to return to school for post-graduate work at some point. I urge you to keep in mind Barack Obama's message that affordable college education is not only an obligation we have to young people everywhere, but a smart long-term economic investment.

  •  Tax all these fucking churches already. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Visiting your state in February (0+ / 0-)

    Should I bundle up? I can feel the cool from here.

  •  Build The Freedom Tower (0+ / 0-)

    well if you want to prevent high unemployment I would greatly emphasize building the freedom tower as that will require tens of thousands of workers and should impact every market.

    Also you should consider raising the default water pressure provided by the city. Currently city piping systems only support building up to six stories tall, after that the building would have to install an expensive pump with high energy costs. Also most buildings are only build to around 6 stories for that very reason. By raising the water pressure you encourage the growth of larger buildings.

    During the summer New York City experienced several outages, an investment in more energy sources could deem useful.

    I have grown up in New York City since 1987, I have seen this city come from one of the most dangerous places to live to in my opinion one of the safest, try and keep it that way.

    These are a few suggestions, the water pressure one might be costly, however, it should encourage more vertical growth

  •  Thank you Govenor, this means a lot! (0+ / 0-)

    "There are some things I don't understand. I don't understand how we ended up invading a country that had nothing to do with 9/11." - Next POTUS Obama

    by Cleopatra on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:53:18 PM PST

  •  Hey Gov. Keep Bloomberg in check. He's going nuts (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Your biggest problem sir, is a north-south divide (3+ / 0-)
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    Albany and upstate vs. NYC. The former is lily-white and the latter a true melting pot, no matter how reluctantly so.

    Allow me to preface this with the statement that I've not only been upstate, the future Mrs. Canine lived and worked there. I was a City puppy.

    The City has already faced and dealt with bankruptcy a few decades ago and the federal gubmint refused to bail it out. I remember. The city survived. It will be tougher for the State. Most decisions in Albany seem to go against the will of those in NYC, the people who provide 40-70% of the state's economy (depending on whose numbers you like best).

    My advice to you, sir, is to bridge the gap. Find a means to an end of the north-south divide. It doesn't have to be a political bridge, especially not at this moment in time. Find what the north and south have in common and build upon it. Work to make all New Yorkers -- New York City folk and those in the rest of the state -- see what we have and what we need to do to secure a better future.

    I put a lot of thought, research and analysis into my voting choices. Please don't make me look like an idiot, sir.

    •  Fix? Raise income tax on rich, cut other taxes (0+ / 0-)

      That would provide a massive shot in the arm to both upstate and downstate.

      Sadly, Paterson doesn't seem to want to consider progressive taxation.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 07:51:25 PM PST

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  •  Welcome Govenor! But we here in NY are suffering! (1+ / 0-)
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    -Jobs are very far and few.
    -Pubic Transportation is still rising.
    -Education cost are going up and afforable housing is hard to come by.

    I look foward for you to begin working with Prez Obama soon! We need change now.

  •  Yay! Harlem's Own! (2+ / 0-)
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    Governor Paterson, thank you for coming here to start a dialogue.  We've got tough times a-coming, and there's no reason the Empire State should not, once again, lead the way forward.

    Couldn't be prouder to be a New Yorker and a resident of the village of Harlem, USA.

  •  Welcome back (0+ / 0-)

    And as you ask, I will stop by your web site.
    Hope we will be of some help in your upcoming bid, and that you will inspire us to engage.

    Cowards die many times before their deaths... Shakespeare, Julius Ceasar, II, 2

    by on the cusp on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 03:57:19 PM PST

  •  I wish our Governor did this. (1+ / 0-)
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    All we get is ballot propositions and Terminator movie quotes.

    "We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give." -Winston Churchill

    by MicahT0078 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:03:56 PM PST

  •  Thank you for visiting us Governor. (1+ / 0-)
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    My sister lives in NYC, and one thing I, personally and selfishly, would love to do is visit her and perhaps one day get married with her there to my Partner™ of 4 1/2 years.

    Since Partner™ and I can't do that in Texas... I ask you only to continue your unabated support for same-sex marriage in the Empire State.

    Thank you.

    "Ingénue? Honey, he couldn't pull off Enjoli!"

    by Texas Blue Dot on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:08:29 PM PST

  •  Guv (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the diary, Governor.  You're a good guy.  I hope we are fortunate enough to have you leading us in New York for years to come.

  •  Thanks. In those days in March .... (0+ / 0-)

    ... I noticed I was following the news about the Great State of New York more because of you than because of what happened with your predecessor ...

    Your humor is contagious - please keep on posting !

    From Holland, with love ...

  •  Attention must be paid to our own Rust Belt (4+ / 0-)
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    Thank you, Governor, for beginning this conversation. As a lifelong New Yorker and student of its history, I understand the huge challenges we face.

    For me, the future of the old industrial belt stretching west from Schenectady to Buffalo is of paramount importance. This region was the source of much that made America great: the invention of a federated union by the Iroquois which was said by Franklin to be an inspiration for the United States; the long and bloody guerrilla war with Britain during the Revolution; the beginning of women's rights at Seneca Falls; the growth of the Underground Railroad and the inspiring role of upstate NY residents Frederick Douglass and John Brown: the enormous industrial innovation of firms like GE, Remington, American Locomotive which began here.

    But for many decades this region has been the heart of the Rust Belt. Small cities and towns are full of empty, decaying factories. The town I grew up in is typical in losing half its population since 1950. And with poverty and despair has come crime waves such as the epidemic of murders in Schenectady and even in our capital city of Albany.

    What can we as New Yorkers do, especially in the current economic climate, to revive that blighted region and restore at least some of the vibrant intellectual and economic life that once flourished here?

  •  Thank you for visiting us, Governor Paterson. I (1+ / 0-)
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    frequently drive from Massachusetts through a very beautiful part of your state to go to Canada to visit my parents. I drive northwest from Utica to Watertown and cross the border at the Thousand Islands bridges. My husband was born and raised in New York City. I feel like New York is a relative of mine.

    Professional elections, paper ballots, felony charge for interfering with an election.

    by lecsmith on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:13:30 PM PST

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    Hydrofracturing is such a huge environmental risk, and my neighbors in Otsego County are selling land rights to the gas companies like crazy. What kind of state will we leave for our kids? There have got to be some strict environmental regulations put in place before the oil/gas companies rape our state any further. They are already contaminating our water and air. How can the government let this happen?

  •  As a fellow New Yorker... (2+ / 0-)
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    thank you for your consideration in visiting us and your respectful approach to welcoming commentary.

    Governor, this may sound counter-intuitive to you, but it's something that's been on my mind for a while.

    New York's been losing relative population for some time, having significant ramifications not only on our state's intellectual capital, but tax revenues, as you are, no doubt already aware.

    At the same time, we have many New York families hurting, financially, in terms of lost jobs and lost health care benefits.

    There seems to me to be a possible solution to all of the afflications our state faces with one bold step: guarantee health insurance for all New Yorkers.

    Some may say this is not the time for this. However, to my way of thinking, this might be exactly the right time, for several reasons:

    First, guaranteeing health insurance for all New Yorkers can, in fact, help stimulate both our business climate and help reverse population decline, at the same time. Just think of all the businesses who might be inclined to want to relocate to New York State, knowing that those companies can actually SAVE money by no longer having to provide health care. With those companies will come newly relocated workers.

    How to pay for such a thing? We already are.

    As you know, this state pays massive amounts of money in the form of emergency room care for those unable to otherwise afford healthcare. The savings in reducing emergency room care as a form of primary care will help pay for health insurance for all.

    Furthermore, the stimulus to existing businesses already in New York would be enormous. It would free up all of that money currently spent by them on health insurance to help create new jobs, including among the sector of our economy that actually produces the most jobs--small businesses.

    For companies locating or relocating to New York, a fee in lieu of health care costs (i.e. 10%) of their original costs would be assessed one time to help the state compensate for health insurance for all. After that, all applicable state business taxes would apply. The increased revenue would help to pay for the statewide "universal" health care.

    In addition, by creating a pool of more than 15 million people, imagine the enormous savings that can and will be saved, including on medications. Now that's leverage. Those savings can be used to pay for the system.

    This may sound like a bold proposal. It is. But, in my humble opinion it is something worth doing, not only for the reasons stated above, but because we New Yorkers will also be doing the right thing for all of our people simultaneously.

  •  Thank you Governor Paterson, (0+ / 0-)

    I believe the cuts you made were warranted and necessary to keep our state financially stable during these difficult times. I know that, in an ideal world, you wouldn't want nor would you need to take such drastic measures, but I appreciate your transparency during your short tenure as governor and I look forward to better times ahead.

  •  Please fund mass transit (4+ / 0-)
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    Not only to keep our fares down, but also to continue to rebuild the subway system and expand it. Our downstate region's best contribution to a sustainable planet is the fact that people don't have to drive, and live in transit-oriented, environmentally friendly, energy efficient housing. You know all this as a Harlem resident.

    I know times are tighter than ever, but this has to be an important priority.  Also, building and maintaining the rails creates a lot of much-needed jbos.

  •  state employee (4+ / 0-)

    Thankyou for posting on this site.  I am a 29 year state employee with a contract thru my union in DOCS.  I see you are asking for a wage freeze and a 5 day lag, along with paying more for health care, to help the state budget deficit. What about the Assemblymen and Legislators along with their staff,  are they giving back also?  Why do the employees of NYS, the people at the bottom of the ladder, have to assume this burden?  Are you going to legislate the collection of sales taxes from the Indian reservations??  What about the lottery funds and the funds the state is getting from casinos??  

  •  Prison Industrial Complex (8+ / 0-)

    Governor, Get rid of this domesticated-humans' industry. It's too expensive and unproductive and wastes State resources at a bad time. The Rockefeller Drug Laws should go too.

  •  Please don't ever quote Ayn Rand again (3+ / 0-)
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    She and her followers represent the epitome of selfishness and narrow thinking.

    Other than that, you're doing a fine job as my Senator.

    This one's for "that one."

    by samlang on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:45:48 PM PST

  •  Up here in upstate NY... (7+ / 0-)

    I'm in Clinton, just outside of Utica.

    The jobs are gone. Pretty much the entire region around Syracuse has seen the oxygen sucked out of it.

    Now, I'm only here for college, so I'll be able to get out. But it's pretty clear that a lot of people here have no exit strategy. Now that GE is gone, Utica is a ghost-town?

    Wall Street and the Big Apple will get most of the attention, but Governor, I'm curious, what are your plans to revitalize Central and Upstate NY?

    "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."

    by hamiltoncontinental on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:51:40 PM PST

    •  Hoping that upstate doesn't slip off the map. (0+ / 0-)

      I think revitalization is not possible right now, given the financial straits this state is in. We are also in a fragile condition, however.

      "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein

      by scifiknitter on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 07:16:12 PM PST

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    •  He has no plans, but MY plans (3+ / 0-)
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      would be

      (1) cut property taxes by funding Medicaid and schools from the state income tax.  This would make it a lot less expensive for businesses and individuals to be upstate, and without goofy complications like STAR and Empire Zones.  It's the local taxes and the fees which make businesses prefer other Rust Belt locations to upstate NY -- not the income taxes.
      (2) build transportation to get us to and from New York City (and for that matter Toronto) -- that would be high-speed rail.  Connect us to NYC and maybe we'll have a chance to share in its success; currently it's quicker to get from NYC to Boston, Washington DC, or Harrisburg PA than it is to get to Syracuse, for instance.
      (3) Build transportation to get our farm goods -- one sector of upstate's economy which is still doing OK -- to and from New York.  I'm not sure how to do that -- there used to be a fresh food rail terminal in downtown Manhattan, but it's long gone.  But it would be a serious boost.
      (4) Promote environmentally sound factories -- building windmills, solar, etc. -- upstate.  Again this depends on getting the transportation links back up.  We've got lots of rail spurs but they're all decrepit.  We've got the brains, too....

      Upstate is actually remarkably cut off from downstate, and that's pathetic.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:16:53 PM PST

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  •  I am from NY, but live in LA/SoCal now, (0+ / 0-)

    ... and I am so proud that you are now an official KOSSACK. HAH!

    Welcome Welcome Welcome!

    I have no questions at the moment, but so glad this medium of communication and discourse is open. This is a wise, good and healthy thing. We need open and clear communication. This community is very demanding and challenging, yes, but it is also exceedingly respectful, for an open internet blog.

    I am originally from Rego Park, Queens. I went to Baruch College (BBA CIS) and worked in NYC as an IT Systems Integrator for 18 years, doing database development work for companies like McGraw-Hill, Con Edison, and Brooks Brothers, amongst many others. I worked on the Customer Choice/Privatization of the gas and electric utilities in NY, NJ and PA (PJM Exchange). I worked with both the NY and PA PUC. I just wanted you to know the caliber and quality of the people who gather here is well worth your time and attention, and we both/all shall benefit profoundly. And, the more you understand our needs and concerns, and the more we understand yours, the better we shall all be. The problems ahead of us are immense and, I know, seemingly overwhelmingly daunting, but together, with vision and hard work, we can achieve our highest and most noble goals ... our most noble dreams.

    My Highest Regards, Sir,


    ~we study the old to understand the new~from one thing know ten thousand~to see things truly one must see what is in the light and what lies hidden in shadow~

    by ArthurPoet on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:53:09 PM PST

  •  Always proud of you Governor Paterson .. ! (0+ / 0-)

    Emptiness ... is always bigger ... than you remembered.

    by abarefootboy on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:53:46 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Governor... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...for coming to Kos. I don't post much here, either, but I have learned a lot. You will, too. I think you've become a great Governor in a very stressful environment, and I appreciate your presence and honesty.
    I work for the NYS Unified Court System, living on Long Island. (ORIGINALLY from "DaBronx")I hope there's a better way to help balance the budget than to take away my 3% raise next year, and lag my pay another week. That would mean 10 weeks of a 10% pay cut on top of the loss of the 3% raise. I already have 2 weeks of lag pay. We already aren't replacing people in my department. It's not easy out here, ya know?
    Anyway, good work and good luck!

    No matter where you go, there you are...

    by DemfromDaBronx on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 05:02:50 PM PST

  •  Hello Gov Paterson, got gold at Ft Knox? (1+ / 0-)
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    if I am correct about what is probably weighing on your mind these days as NY's governor, I may have gotten your attention.  I, and many of us, know Wall Street's bull has mad cow disease now and the beast is having neurological tremors.

    I've heard Gordon Brown and French President Sarkozy chirp a little about a new 'bretton woods'.  No doubt the G20 meeting will have almost anything 'on the table' given the Baltic Dry index is saying loud and clear these days.

    For a perspective on a new 'financial' order and possible options for the G20 folks, you might consider reading the following article by Larry Edelson:

    I know everything Paulson and the Fed has done is failing miserably and continued efforts in those directions will have the same result.

    This article on "The Market Oracle" by Nadeem Walayat will give you a glimpse of what is going on in the UK and portends the future for NY and most of the US if the fed/treasury keeps banging their heads on the wrong solutions:

    I hope you find some of the information useful in your job if you read it.  

    Oh, if the G20 folks decide to back to a gold standard of some sort, I hope our government didn't sell off or lease out what was in Ft. Knox or we're finished as a nation.  You may encounter a COMEX default (gold, silver or both) in the near to intermediate term given the world economic climate.

    As a disclaimer, I do invest in precious metals but never paper metals on COMEX.

    After 8 years of darkness, a great nation chose to reapply power to the beacon of light America stands for.

    by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 05:03:39 PM PST

  •  Thank you for your appreciation of the (0+ / 0-)

    Netroots community and it's potential impact on politics, and appreciating how citizens can interact with people serving in public office.

    Understanding the relationship between citizens and those who serve in public office, and this interface we call the Internet is part of the future.

    Good luck in your endeavors.

    2008, the Year the Republican Party dissolved into a little pond of goo

    by shpilk on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 05:04:06 PM PST

  •  very happy to hear you are running... (0+ / 0-)

    and can't wait to vote for you in 2010!

  •  Love your humor (1+ / 0-)
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    think we're all going to need a dose of it as we wade through these trying times.  

    Welcome!  Glad you're joining us.  

  •  Hello from Battery Park City in NYC (1+ / 0-)
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    Look, we all know it's going to be tough. My husband's company laid off 25% of their people two weeks ago. My company is up for sale. If we're sold, the likely buyer will be a hedge fund group.

    We know the city and the state are going to have to tighten the belt. Please just do it sanely and fairly.

  •  Hi Governor (0+ / 0-)

    Glad to see you here.  I'm a native New Yorker, very eager to come home.  I will be glad to add my voice to the others here.  

    We are all explorers - driven to know what's over the horizon, what's beyond our own shores...

    by DeeDee from FL on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 05:34:42 PM PST

  •  Governor, I Live in Ohio... (0+ / 0-)

    But I appreciate your leadership in such an important state like New York.

    Among the many issues you face, I look forward to marriage equality coming to New York!

    I wish you much success.

  •  Show Me folks LOVE visiting Empire State friends (0+ / 0-)
  •  This family doc very concerned re: Medicaid cuts (3+ / 0-)
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    I'm a family doctor in rural Western NY State. I do understand the need for NYS to live within its means after the Wall Street collapse and resulting fall in tax revenue. However, our rural poor are already suffering dreadfully from this miserable economy.

    Our rural non-profit practice takes all patients regardless of insurance, but we have been losing money for the last three years. We are finding it impossible to recruit and retain younger doctors due to a combination of the brutal workload and relatively low pay. Any further reduction in reimbursement for Medicaid will put us out of business. What steps are you taking to avoid the poorest New Yorkers (and those who care for them) from paying a terrible price for the blunders of Wall Street's billionaires?

  •  Howdy, Guv...! (0+ / 0-)

    Hello Governor Dave, from Hudson, NY !

    Regulate banks, not bedrooms

    by Eagleye on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 06:07:05 PM PST

  •  Welcome Again, Governor! (0+ / 0-)

    This is just one of the many things that makes DailyKos so great.  Rather than being the "fringe leftist blog" that we are accused of being, this is truly a community where we don't just talk amongst ourselves, but we talk directly to the politicos.  And they talk back.

    Welcome again, Governor.  We are excited to have you here, and excited to hear more about your plans for the state of NY.

  •  Just the right tone dude. you da man! (0+ / 0-)
  •  A continuing commitment to healthy lifestyles (2+ / 0-)
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    is very much needed here in NY. We face a daunting childhood obesity epidemic, and preventive services can not be abandoned. This can be coupled with green, sustainable efforts, linking more schools, institutions, and communities to NY farms which help support local economies. Help us let health set the agenda, not the interest of companies. There is a green, healthy economy yet to be developed and tapped into which benefits our health and livelihoods.

  •  Governor Patterson, many wish we had someone like (0+ / 0-)

    you governing TN.


    "I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast." -- Viktor E. Frankl

    by keepright86 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 06:33:09 PM PST

  •  You're my hero. (1+ / 0-)
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    Seriously, you ROCK!!!

    ALBANY - Gov. Paterson ripped as selfish a group of three rogue Democrats threatening to stop Malcolm Smith from being named majority leader.

    At a time when the state faces a fiscal crisis, the three are more interested "in a fight over personal luxuries" that Paterson called a "superfluous type of selfishness that's gotten us into this mess in the first place."

    Thank you! Gov'ner. I voted for you for Lt. I will be sure to work for your re-election!

  •  Thanks for your openness (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm going to put a little linky on The Albany Project, so folks reading there can be sure to see this.  Here's hoping you cross-post your future posts here, ok?  We promise, we'll be supportive (but tough-- hey, you know, we are emulating you!).

  •  Hey Gov! I'm proud to be a constituent. (0+ / 0-)

    You fill the role of Governor with efficiency, dignity and grace.


    Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one. ::Goethe::

    by Jeremy10036 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 06:56:43 PM PST

  •  Welcome Governor Patterson (0+ / 0-)

    I am one of your biggest fan. I am very proud of you although I live in Maryland, I will support your campaign to continue as The Governor of New York.

  •  Keep telling it like it is, Gov. (0+ / 0-)

    You have my vote.

    Everyone has a plan 'til they get punched in the mouth. -Mike Tyson

    by jmgotham on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 07:25:01 PM PST

  •  School taxes, school taxes. school taxes... (5+ / 0-)

    Governor, this state must develop an alternative solution to funding schools. The present system of taxing people based on the property the own is repressive. People w/o children in the district get hit heavily, old people, retired people, people living on disability. I am a retired civil service employee with no children living on a NY State Disability Retirement and its ridiculous that it takes 2 of the 12 checks I get for the year to pay my taxes. I have no source of income and barely am scraping by. I ask you why I should pay more for school taxes than my property taxes? I am beginning to feel like a chump living in this state. The Star Program is a joke, "you" politicians for years kept the NYS Lottery money as the cash cow for other items when it was supposed to go to education. We now get a sum handed back to us and then have to apply for a little more in a check around election time. Why should the state go to the expense of this feel-good exercise when it should be applied to the initial star deduction? It costs more of our money to do this. I live in Orange County and its getting expensive mostly due to the new influx in people demand more services and it cost more in local taxes. I see your cutting the state budget but people are now onto the game of dumping the mandates off to the counties which in turn take it from the small localities. You want to run for re-election, you now have a Democratic controlled Assembly & Senate. The absolute disgrace of the socialist redistribution of our tax money as members items needs to stop. At one time it went toward things of merit now its an all out orgy of excess. Show us your worthy Governor Paterson. Most Ny'ers north of the NY city, feel like we are being used & abused.  Thanks I wish you luck.  

    •  This is the same across the state (1+ / 0-)
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      School property taxes are insanely high, meanwhile income taxes for multibillionaires are insanely low.

      I thought with Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate and a Democratic governor we might be able to fix that.  But Paterson apparently doesn't give a damn about anyone making less than $500,000 a year, because he thinks it's SO IMPORTANT not to raise taxes on the superrich that it's worth raising everyone else's property taxes, cutting schools, cutting Medicaid, etc. etc. just to avoid it.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 07:54:38 PM PST

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    •  And when you decide on a fix, shoot your idea... (0+ / 0-)

      to Gov. Rell in CT.  We are messed up with funding schools here too.  The kids aren't being educated.

      Lisa in CT, RIP Silver, Midnight, Jinx, Bailey, Princess, and Sparkey. Our pets who died Oct. 11th in our devastating house fire. We will miss you always.

      by JellyBearDemMom on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 03:33:58 AM PST

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  •  Hi Governor (1+ / 0-)
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    Just wanted to say that your my governor and I really like you.


  •  Welcome back govenor Paterson (1+ / 0-)
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    Grassroot Electronic Media
    love New York.


  •  Thanks, Governor, & one word: taxes. (6+ / 0-)

    New York has great fiscal challenges. Your predecessor squashed income tax brackets so that a single taxpayer hits the top bracket, 6.85% AGI, at $20,000 a year. So an impoverished single Mom pays the same rate as a billionaire. That's not people paying their fair share -- unless one's idea of "fair share" is the same as Steve Forbes. Until last year, Wall Street covered the absurdity of our income tax structure, but no longer.

    Why won't you reverse some of your predecessor's predecessor's tax cuts, the way President-elect Obama has pledged re. his predecessor? Why further decimate hospitals' ability to function and even take money away from food pantries who have to turn more and more people away?

    Please put income tax bracket adjustment on the table.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camera

    by ironpath on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:05:32 PM PST

    •  correction (2+ / 0-)
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      neroden, robinia

      That should be predecessor's predecessor in the first line also. Gov. Pataki bragged about how much he cut income tax rates more than any other Governor. And he did. Except those of us in the middle wound up holding the bag of skyrocketing property taxes making up the difference.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camera

      by ironpath on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:09:16 PM PST

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    •  AGREED. (1+ / 0-)
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      It is infuriating that a purportedly Democratic governor won't consider restoring sanity to our tax system.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:17:48 PM PST

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  •  legalize medical marijuana in NY (3+ / 0-)
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    jdbrooklyn, Philly Quaker, Yasuragi

    it's been on the back burner for a while, but is really needed for the people of this state

    now that dems control the state senate - let's get it passed

  •  Redirecting The Money Pissed Away in Iraq (1+ / 0-)
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    Neon Mama

    Governor Paterson,
    I'd love to see a special Democratic Governor's conference convened with the goal to petition the Federal government to redirect the 10 to 12 Billion Iraq war dollars into the rebuilding of the Infrastructures in American cities - perhaps further isolate the expenditure just to city school systems.
    It would have both a major practical and psychological effect on this Country.
    It's something we should have been doing for the last 5 years, but better late then never.

  •  I would suggest (1+ / 0-)
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    getting Unions on your side and worrying less about your Big Shot donations. See to this monopoly Time Warner and Utilities have in New York and pass a budget on time. You'd be the first Gov in twenty some years to pass a timely budget, that says a lot for re-election. And while you have the power reign in gerrymandering. Redistricting maps of New York look ridiculous. And no raises for the legislature, not until they can prove they've earned it, by our standards not theirs!

    "We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."- Aesop

    •  to further agawks idea -- (2+ / 0-)
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      j1j2j3j4, agawk

      Governor: please create an open-wifi NY network, and bring web access to the marginal.  This will hopefully break the monopolized, overly expensive, backs of Time Warner, Verizon, Optimum... etc.  I would rather pay a tax-fee and open-up the internet air waves to everyone, then pay too much to a company that has dreadful service and is ONLY available to the "wealthy".....  Please be modern and think outside the box, rather than maintaining the status quo.  THANK YOU

      contribute to the Democrats!!

      by jdbrooklyn on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 09:25:23 AM PST

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  •  Racism against blacks on Staten Island (2+ / 0-)
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    Yasuragi, IwishUwell

    Dear Gov. Patterson:

    The black people of Staten island have been facing intense racism for decades. Unfortunately, it persists today.

    The local paper, the Staten island Advance, doesn't want to offend its white clientele, so it does nothing to bring this issue to the fore.

    What about all the kids who have to grow up in this unfortunate enviornment? It is right they feel threatened every time they enter a "white" neighborhood?

    Well, they do.

    It's time to take up this issue with something clear, effective and consistent.

    After all these years, isn't it time to end racism against blacks on Staten Island?

    What about the kids?

    What are we going to do for them?

  •  hey Governor, thanks for coming (0+ / 0-)

    My parents are NY'ers and they think you're doing awesomely.

    "Some of you are going to die... martyrs, of course, to the Freedom that I will provide!"

    by emperor nobody on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:32:07 PM PST

  •  Bring back the commuter tax (2+ / 0-)
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    jdbrooklyn, j1j2j3j4

    Commuters use our roads & services and yet we residents pay extra taxes -- how does that work?

    Help Bloomberg with congestion pricing & more bike lanes.

    Do something (anything!) about the MTA.

    And most of all, thank you and good luck.

  •  As a resident of upstate NY m... (2+ / 0-)
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    SadEagle, IwishUwell

    I applaud your message.  As a taxpayer in a small upstate city, I'm hurting.  Our taxes have risen to the point we will have to sell off our property and move.

    We wish you the best.

    What do you do with the pieces of a broken heart ` M Ward Chinese Translation

    by sylvien on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:38:09 PM PST

  •  Hi Governor (2+ / 0-)
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    jdbrooklyn, Yasuragi

    As a New Yorker, here are some of my thoughts on the current budget mess.

    1. How about closing a lot of prisons and decriminalizing a lot of things? In particular, I'd decriminalize marijuana, prostitution, and gambling (and then regulate and tax them).
    1. Greatly reduce sentences for other drug crimes.  Crimes against property are serious.  Crimes against people are even more serious.  Drug sale is less serious. Drug possession is not serious at all.
    1. Rather than huge cuts, increase taxes on the wealthy.  I won't say what I make, but a tax hike would affect me.  It's better for me to pay more than for the poor to get less.


    And I think you are doing a fine job!

  •  Governor, if you need money (1+ / 0-)
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    for your reelection campaign, I am going to donate. Come back, I think people know you more than you think, your life-story is very inspiring. I am a nobody, but didn't forget you once you became Governor, and you are not my governor, as a state-less DC-ler I am governorless, so I adopted you as my foster governor.

  •  New York'er here and stop cutting education! (2+ / 0-)
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    j1j2j3j4, IwishUwell

    Governor Patterson, though under the mantle of a DEMOCRAT, seeks to cut the very things that are vital.  Cutting aid to schools, puts further burdens on already overburdened communities.  And cutting services to the Disabled and the homeless seeks to punish those who have the least.  Patterson has some explaining to do here.  Cut the waste in Albany Patterson, then you might get my attention.  This Democrat is very disappointed in you and now you seek to take funds that help the children of this state with their education, and programs that are vital to help those that are disabled, and homeless.  I don't see you cutting the waste in Albany that you and your buddies are famous for.Easy for you to blame Wall Street.  We have one small town near where I live who are now being forced to pay for State Police services and they can't afford it so will be without Police protection and now you want to cut their school aid?  What ARE you thinking sir?  You clearly don't have a clue what the heck you are talking about or what you are doing.  You do this and you do NOT get my vote when you run for office.  In fact I will actively work to support any Democrat who seeks to oppose you.  

    And that huge hike in tuition for State colleges is going to exclude so many barely able to afford 2 years and you seek to cut from higher education opportunity those on the borderline of barely surviving while they work for a better education.  Seems to me you are working against everything that our next President is for.  He is trying to cut the cost of college and you want to increase it.  Come on, be honest, you're really a Republican right?

  •  Thank you Gov. Paterson (2+ / 0-)
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    jdbrooklyn, Neon Mama

    for your stance on gay rights!

  •  Don't be fooled people by this! (3+ / 0-)

    This governor here in New York is looking out for his own interest here.  He wants to direct you to his new website so he can develop a mailing list in his bid for his upcoming run for Governor.  I am not fooled.  He has been and always will be in the pocket of the superrich in NYC.  Why doesn't he raise THEIR taxes?  No instead, he comes here without telling you about his fiasco of a budget proposal.  HE IS CUTTING AID AND SERVICES TO THOSE MOST IN NEED!  Get it?  He is hurting Seniors, disabled, children, college students, struggling towns, struggling schools and he wants to be applauded for it?  Sorry, this Democrat is not buying his crap.  Some from out of state may think they want him as their governor, but you don't really know him.  And he sure is not acting like a Democrat, more like a heartless Repug instead.

  •  Governor, thank you for signing up here... (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm from Buffalo, and one of the things I rely upon is public transit. Unfortunately the NFTA (Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority) is having capacity problems right when riders need it most. The city of Buffalo especially has a very transit-dependent population, and more service is needed to reach much of our suburbanized employment.

    Is there any way to get more operations and maintenance funding to the NFTA, and to also allow them to expand the environmentally friendly Metro Rail light rail transit to the suburbs, so that we do not have to use as much gasoline? Erie County and the local municipalities are just about tapped out.

    Thank you most kindly for your time.

  •  nyc healthcare (3+ / 0-)
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    javelina, jdbrooklyn, Dianora

    Gov. Paterson,

    Thank you for posting on here.  I really appreciate the chance to offer thoughts.  I'm really concerned with the state of health care in NYC. One of my closest friends is a surgical resident at Beth Israel and he's getting crushed, especially after a nearby hospital closed down last year. He's working crazy hours and I'm sure the quality of care degrades after a certain point. I implore you to take a look at the healthcare system and examine it to see if there are any systemic problems that can be addressed to solve the issues before we see repeats of the patient who died in the emergency waiting room in Brooklyn earlier this year.

    •  Paterson Proposal: A Healthcare Debacle (0+ / 0-)

      Paterson's proposed health care cuts will likely result in the closing of at least 20% of the hospitals in the NYC area.  Almost all of those are serving low-income areas and are financially pressed already because of cuts in medicare/medicaid reimbursement levels.  In addition, all of the fancy new equipment the state and federal governments have mandated have imposed additional fiscal burdens on these struggling enterprises.  Throw in the increases in non-reimbursed care such institutions are required to provide the uninsured as unemployment increases and you have the making of a perfect storm.  Paterson just doesn't get it yet and thinks that making himself bullet-proof against charges of raising taxes will guarantee his reelection next year.  His program will guarantee that he will be primaried next year and will lose at this pace.  

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 03:43:04 AM PST

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      •  links to the cuts he's proposed? (0+ / 0-)

        PrahaPartizan, do you have any links to the cuts that's he's proposed?  It's so frustrating that we live in such a rich country yet we refuse to have hospitals that provide effective care.

        •  Take a Look Here... (0+ / 0-)

 the Governor's own budget press release.  Please notice the large increases in "...0.7% assessment on hospital inpatient revenues" and "Increase Hospital Surcharges."  

          Essentially, what the program does is to charge the hospitals for their providing the care in the first place.  It's basically a claw-back for any Medicaid funding which the state is supposed to provide.  Also notice how it eliminates any adjustment for an inflation in hospital expenditures going forward.  As if the hospitals won't be seeing increases in energy costs, pharmacy costs, consumables cost increases, or any of a host of other expenses which they can't control.  Of course, those hospitals which necessarily offer care to the uninsured will take the biggest hit.

          We could also talk about the reductions in home health care, which usually winds up driving patients toward hospitals, providing a double whammy for hospitals by increasing their expenditures while reducing payment.  This is a really regressive proposal by Paterson.

          "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

          by PrahaPartizan on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 11:14:08 AM PST

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  •  just a thank you (0+ / 0-)

    It's great to see a public servant making an earnest effort to engage the public in discussion with something more then, "give me your vote". I think everyone here would agree dKos is the place to find insight and honesty about the vital issues of the day. And some less-vital ones as well.

    Thanks a lot, Governor.

  •  Tell NJ that we own the Statue of Liberty... (1+ / 0-)
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    So they betta back off :-P

  •  Wow! I'm so impressed (0+ / 0-)
    that you would want my opinion that I just e-mailed my Governor (Gregoire) in Washington State asking whether she might do something similar.  Our state has similar problems... lack of communication between the capital, Olympia and the rest of the state, which is affected by geography, particularly the Cascade Mountain Range.  It's as if Eastern Washington is a completely different state.  The majority here are very conservative and very suspicious of folks on "The Coast" who just want to spend our money and raise our taxes!  (Sound familiar?)  Good luck in meeting the needs of the people in your state while dealing with the economic realities wrought by those greedy denizens of Wall Street and the complicit Bush Administration.

    One Washington-Gregoire! One Country-Obama!

    by yakimagrama on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 10:44:03 PM PST

  •  Governor, as a DKos Republican, I welcome U back. (3+ / 0-)
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    SadEagle, TreeGuy, on board 47

    I'm a very rare bird here at DKos.  I've been a registered Republican for almost 32 years and I comment here several times a week and write a diary occasionally.  I've never been attacked for my party affiliation here.  It's a nice place to exchange ideas with a group of very good people.  You belong here also, and I look forward to reading more from you very soon.

    I do not envy your budgetary discussions.  The great state of New York has difficult decisions to make.  While I am not a New Yorker and have no experience on the state level, I honestly believe that I have valuable questions and suggestions for your consideration.  I will copy this to Paterson for NY for your convenience and that of your staff.

    First, my questions:

    1. While any budgetary gap must logically be overcome with both spending cuts and revenue gains, do you and your staff remain cautious of keeping the cuts and gains from being "regressive"?
    1. What steps have been taken to identify sources of cuts and gains which will impact those who can most readily afford to suffer those cuts and gains with the least amount of hardship?
    1. Has anybody considered proposing that the elected officials of NY take a modest cut in both their wages and benefits in order to do their part to help mitigate the negative impact of the budget problem on the rest of the good people of NY?  This would include all state-level persons holding elected office and their highest-paid staff.  I don't believe that a cut of 15% would be asking too much in light of the size of the budgetary problems that the state is currently facing.  This cut should have a sunset based on the state recovering to a pre-set level of prosperity.  It would also go a long way to helping the average taxpayer to accept the balance of the steps needed to overcome the problem and make for some very good PR for all concerned.
    1. Finally, has anybody taken into account the importance of retaining the state's efforts to become more green in its daily operations and the great positive impact that those efforts will have in helping to make future budgets easier to meet?

    Now for my suggestions:

    1. Seriously consider making the appeal for the wage and benefit cuts for elected officials.  Propose it to them privately at first, of course.  If they balk, threaten to make that appeal a public appeal in order to shame them into it.  I'm positive that the good press they receive from the gesture will be well worth it.  You can't buy that kind of ink, but this comes pretty darn close to doing it.
    1. Demand - don't ask - demand from the state's biggest suppliers that they provide help in the form of lower prices to the state temporarily.  This must include all utility companies, construction contractors, technology suppliers, and yes, the unions.
    1. Finally, contact the state's creditors about more favorable terms.  Not simply to lower current payments which will carry over to much higher future payments, but for considerably lower rates of interest for the life of the outstanding loans.  After all, it's not likely that the state is going to skip town.

    There is gold in what I've proposed.  And I offer these ideas to you at the low, low price of FREE.  You can mine these ideas for literally millions of dollars - perhaps even more than I believe they may be worth.  Of course, those who cooperate should receive public acknowledgment and thanks for their contribution to the cause.  Again, the carrot of good PR can't be overlooked as it is truly a sweet reward.

    Good luck.  I look forward to a direct reply.  If you would like my professional assistance in making any or all of these ideas work for the benefit of New York, I'm sure that we can reach mutually-agreeable terms.

    Most Sincerely,
    Celtic Merlin

    PS: Would you please let us here at DKos know what we can do to make our comments easier for your text-to-speech program to deal with our blather?  For instance, should we eliminate italics, bolding, and/or certain forms of punctuation?

    Sorry I couldn't take your call. I'm using my cell phone to make pancakes. Please leave a message.

    by Celtic Merlin on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 10:45:34 PM PST

  •  Have you read 'Energize America" yet? (2+ / 0-)
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    jdbrooklyn, My Stupid Opinion

    Energize America:

    Energize America is a comprehensive and compelling 20-point plan developed by informed citizen activists to wean the U.S. from its fossil fuel addiction and provide the U.S. with Energy Security by 2020, and Energy Freedom by 2040.

    Available for download here.

    --- "Remember: Darkness is a renewable resource." -- Ask A Ninja #83

    by opendna on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 11:00:21 PM PST

  •  PS. Don't let Diaz bully Gay Marriage off the (1+ / 0-)
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    table this year. We gay people are so tired of being political punching bags. Send a message to the country, that the time of playing those stupid games is past.

    We appreciate all your kind words and support, they mean the world to us.

  •  I am already in your fan base :) (0+ / 0-)
  •  As a former NYCer, I send best wishes... (0+ / 0-)

    NY is a wonderful State and indeed has a lot of opportunity.  Thanks for writing in.

    Lisa in CT, RIP Silver, Midnight, Jinx, Bailey, Princess, and Sparkey. Our pets who died Oct. 11th in our devastating house fire. We will miss you always.

    by JellyBearDemMom on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 03:32:39 AM PST

  •  Why not think about raising taxes a little on (1+ / 0-)
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    Those that profited the most from the past?

    Raising taxes on millionaires would help with the budget crisis, and you wouldn't have to be proposing regressive solutions!

    Millionaires are not going to leave NYC if you raise their taxes by 1%!

    Economic Left/Right: -7.38 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.33

    by wrights on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 03:48:27 AM PST

  •  My Governor. I'm proud. One question. (4+ / 0-)

    My governor, and I'm proud of him.


    Higher education is going to be a key to getting some sort of stimulus package for upstate.  As you well know, there are no jobs, and why should industry come into an area with unbelievably high property taxes?

    Answer:  A pool of educated, trained, and eager potential workers.

    But what about SUNY?  Are we going to be forced to cut the SUNY system, at a time when we need them most?

    Demand Accountability.

    by stlawrence on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 04:13:08 AM PST

  •  The illegal spying and political hit job (1+ / 0-)
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    Neon Mama

    done on Gov. Spitzer was a crime.

  •  URGENT! (2+ / 0-)
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    martini, j1j2j3j4

    Please do NOT - again! - DO NOT levy tolls on ANY of the FREE highway crossings into the city.

    This is an imperative! - You must strive  to keep those each and every one of those crossings TOLL FREE - and i confidently assure you that i speak for All of us here on this important issue.

    Your anticipated cooperation is  both solicited and appreciated.

    thank you.

    "Truth Does Not Fear Investigation"

    by stoop down baby on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 04:53:02 AM PST

    •  No you DON'T (1+ / 0-)
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      speak for all of us here. Tolls are an important tool to raise the revenue necessary to maintain state and local infrastructure.

      If you don't want to pay the toll, take another route, but don't handicap the state at a time of recession because you are too cheap to cough up a buck or two.

    •  YES, TOLLS PLEASE!!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      Phil In Denver

      sorry stoop down baby -- but we don't see things in the same way.  Tolls are very much needed: to prevent folks from driving into the City, to pay for very much needed road and bridge maintenance, and to create jobs!!!  Driving into the city should be a LAST RESORT not a free-ride-privilege.
      Money from the TOLLS could go to the betterment of public transport, which would also create more jobs.
      Please re-consider your post and recognize you don't speak for all of us.

      contribute to the Democrats!!

      by jdbrooklyn on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 09:14:28 AM PST

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  •  Thank you Governor Paterson. (0+ / 0-)

    I also look forward to a conversation between the people and their representatives.

    Do you hear the people sing? Singing a song of angry men? It is the music of a people Who will not be slaves again!

    by axman on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 05:00:33 AM PST

  •  Thank You, Governor Patterson (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for coming here and talking to us!

  •  Congrats from a 1984 Hofstra Law Grad (1+ / 0-)
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    Congratulations Governor - as a graduate of Hofstra Law I am especially proud of you. You have shown yourself to be a wise and courageous person. However, I am very concerned that your proposed cuts to the budget will force local governments, especially school districts, to raise property taxes. I cannot afford my Nassau County home anymore and will be forced to sell it in the spring - if there is even a market for it anymore. Not because of the mortgage which is low with a fixed interest rate but because my property taxes are close to $17,000. Seven years ago the taxes were $10,000. Please do something about the property taxes in Nassau County. Thanks.

  •  My husband posts under the name Hope4USnow (2+ / 0-)
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    martini, thecount

    he invited me to post as I am a clerical worker at a SUNY college in Central NY.

    Governor Paterson you have much in common with garden variety Republicans.  You expect those at the bottom of the economic ladder to carry the brunt of the revenue loss you failed to plan for in your budget.  This downturn was predictable and you failed to predict it.  

    The salary increases granted to SUNY employees have for the 10+ years I have been an employee do not keep pace with the "official" Cost of Living figures.
    Wages have fallen behind the real Cost of Living.

    Do you or your colleagues share at all in the pain?

  •  Most People did not catch the Jay-Z reference... (1+ / 0-)
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    Allow me to re-introduce myself....  Way to go Governor Paterson.  With this last presidential election the map has been re-drawn.  The youth vote changed the direction of the campaign...  African American's came out in record numbers, Obama won the hearts and votes of more white people than John Kerry, or Al Gore... The web was used successfully to raise more funds than ever...  

    The times have changed.  The call for new leadership has been answered.  Thanks Governor Paterson for stepping up to the plate and restoring dignity to the office.

    Keep checking in with us at DailyKos and we will be there for you as well.

    This is a new day! Hope is in the air an we need your leadership!

    Any chance we could trade you in for Governor Purdue in GA??  I know it doesn't work that way, but I wish it did...

  •  Please Push Cuomo To File Suits (4+ / 0-)
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    jdbrooklyn, j1j2j3j4, Predictor, Neon Mama

    First off, Governor Paterson--welcome to DailyKos, from Washington Heights.  

    Two requests in order of urgency.

    First,  please do what you can to 'encourage' (ehem) Attorney General Cuomo to file law suits against bailout corporations who engage in public displays of wealth at executive events.  This inclues AIG, but is not limited to it.  The State of New York can take the lead on this and should.  So far, Cuomo has sent a letter of warning, but the Attorney General is not a pen pal to the corporate world--he is the Sheriff. And he should act accordingly.

    Second, please do what you can to make sure that public transportation is spared the knife in this round of budget cuts.  The MTA has not been good in the past few years, with secret accounting scams and inexplicable fare hikes. In this difficult moment when you are forced to cut other areas, please protect public transportation.

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    by Jeffrey Feldman on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 06:12:36 AM PST

  •  Hello Governor! (1+ / 0-)
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    Governor, please do whatever you can to assist low and medium income homeowners with rising heating costs this winter.  I am one of them! I was turned down by HEAP.  There are so many homeowners in my neighborhood that have went at least a week without heat. It costs about $400 for me to buy 100 gallons of oil.

    Oh, and I will be beggging for an internship next year after I graduate from John Jay!

    America Finally Got It Right! Congrats and Godspeed to President-Elect Obama and VP-Elect Joe Biden! Sarah P, keep watching those Russians for us!

    by Bronxcutie on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 06:46:13 AM PST

  •  We've met you--you're a Republican wannabe (0+ / 0-)

    Don't let the door hit you on the way out when Andy Cuomo moves in in two years.

    "Do or do not. There is no try." ---Yoda

    by nyunion on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 07:34:05 AM PST

  •  Lifelong NYCer here: Thanks Gov, for reaching out (1+ / 0-)
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    to the community here at Kos.

    I ask only that you not forget about li'l ole New York City when you consider the needs of the entire state! Thanks again for your efforts to keep in touch with the voters -- there's too little of that!

  •  Why are NYC subways part of larger MTA? (2+ / 0-)
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    jdbrooklyn, Dianora

    As I understand it, the MTA considers the needs of NYC subway riders in the larger context of all the transit issues across the state. The MTA should not be some quasi-public semi-private oligarchy. It has been thus for a while, and look at what an expensive mess we've got!

  •  John Gatto: NY State Teacher of the Year (1+ / 0-)
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    PLEASE, Governor, get in touch with John Taylor Gatto, former Teacher of the Year in your State.

    Over the past two decades, he's been doing an extraordinary amount of work, with little to no funding, documenting how our education system is terribly broken, and identifying ways to get it back in order.

  •  Welcome! (0+ / 0-)

    And nice to re-meet you. :)

    I love it when folks join the conversation especially ones who can actually effect change.  I don't have anything important to say right now but it's great to see you're listening.

    We're all one heartbeat away from Forever.

    by KS Rose on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 08:33:41 AM PST

  •  More Education forums (2+ / 0-)
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    SadEagle, jdbrooklyn

    The forum in Rochester was a start. I am working toward becoming a teacher in WNY. I was happy to see some discussion. Please conduct public forums in every city. And make sure they appear on public TV several times. I only saw the Rochester forum because I am an insomniac. It was on until 2am.

    The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. Paul Cezanne

    by MeToo on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 08:57:47 AM PST

  •  I'm a New Yorker who has appreciated your honesty (1+ / 0-)
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    about the tough times our state is facing.  It's very refreshing to hear from a politician who doesn't sound like he is "blowing smoke."  You make me feel confident that you are prepared to make whatever hard decisions are necessary to help us through this current economic crisis, and I thank you for that.

    Now, as someone who lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan, I would be remiss if I didn't also add (perhaps a touch hypocritically?): please don't let the MTA raise the subway fare AGAIN!  At least not without opening their books for inspection and/or increasing service to help make up for the hit to our wallets.  Having to pay more would hurt a lot less if we could at least understand where our money is going.

    Looking forward to stopping by your site as well.

  •  2 requests from a constituent, Gov Paterson. (2+ / 0-)
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    jdbrooklyn, Neon Mama
    1. Please do not cut social services to the needy. I know the budget is tight and funds are direly low. But vulnerable populations like the elderly and very poor will be pushed to the brink if their services are cut in these times. Government is not a first line of defense against poverty and homelessness, it's one of the last. People who need government assistance are already out of resources. Please cut somewhere else, no matter how politically difficult it may be.
    1. The time is ripe for marriage equality in New York. I know you are sympathetic, and now we have a Democratic Senate and Assembly. LGBT people are organized and monied here in New York State. On the heels of Prop 8 in California, it would be a powerful signal to the rest of the country if New York State could take a leadership role in full equality for it's gay citizens.

    Thank you.

  •  welcome to gov. Patterson + questions: (0+ / 0-)

    very pleased Gov. Patterson you are posting here!!! WELCOME.  As a native, 7th generation New Yorker, indeed I have a few questions:

    1.  What will you (and Albany) be doing to make all citizens equal and allow/permit/grant same-sex couples the right to marry?  As a 41 year-old married woman (first baby due in 5 days!!) it is my view discrimination in NY cannot/and will not be tolerated.
    1. Please ask yourself: what can you do to shift the language surrounding the act of paying taxes?  What I mean is:  the idea of paying taxes is treated/spoken about as a burden.  This should be reconfigured, paying taxes needs to be addressed as a citizen's investment in the betterment of the community -- we must all take part and do so with a sense of pride and ownership.  However, please consider setting up a citizens' committee to address: where, how, and in what manner taxes should be spent.  If NY citizens could suggest how our taxes are spent that would foster a greater feeling of ownership and community.

    Thanks for being here!!!!  

    contribute to the Democrats!!

    by jdbrooklyn on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 09:05:31 AM PST

  •  Can you spend some time in Northern NY? (0+ / 0-)

    Speaking as a former (longtime) St. Lawrence County resident, I know how important it is for people in Northern NY to see you. I was shocked by how many residents' opinions of Hillary Clinton changed after she made a few appearances in traditionally Republican Northern NY during her Senate race. My very conservative in-laws not only voted for her, but they speak admiringly of her. Whenever they mention her, they recall her willingness to travel all the way up to the North Country to speak with the communities up there.

  •  Yes, infrastructure, but what about housing? (0+ / 0-)

    Dear Gov,.

    Love this idea of yours. However, there are so many postings that I would loathe to be the one to sort through it all.

    OK, infrastructure improvements YES. But what about housing. I see crumbling old homes all over Albany, Troy, Schenecdatey...How about some creative plan to get those homes renovated and get people with money back into the cities? That alone would do more in terms of evergy conservation than anything. Plus, build up the tax base for $$$ to improve schools, deter crime, encourage neighborhood retailers. Habitat for humanity has been doing a great job, but its a drop in the bucket...

    Albany, one can tell, use to be a beautiful city. The suburbs suck (forgive my language)! Lets get the cities back to the center of life again. The crumbling warehouses...surely you have smart people who can do the research and come up with ways to improve quality of life in the city and get people wanting to live there again.

    I hate 787. If all those folk who use it would either move into the city, carpool, or take a train everybody would be better off. Bulldoze 787.


  •  Thanks from a Florida mom of a gay (0+ / 0-)

    California daughter. She and her partner and my grandson need all Americans to recognize that anti-gay laws are discrimination based on the sex of their chosen spouse.

    These bad laws remove basic human rights from our fellow citizens. They impose religious tyranny.

    It truly is a 50 state battle against bigotry and second class citizenship for any targeted group.

    Thanks for speaking out and acting against this evil. We must expose anti-gay blather, especially by clerics, as the same sick tool of deception that their pro-slavery and anti-jewish rants of the past and present.

    Silence is deadly when it allows bigots to appear to be a majority or seem to assent to their lies. It took political courage for you to speak and act and I approve your message.  

    Our human rights should not end at state lines.

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 09:42:29 AM PST

  •  Governor, (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for posting here.  I'm a New Yorker, and I want to thank you for the work that you've done thus far, and the seriousness of purpose that you have displayed in what look to be very trying times for our state.  

    I would like to ask however, that as you consider options to help the state survive the financial crisis, you consider all options.  The main objective is that we CANNOT allow things to slip like they did in the 1970s.  With this in mind, while I applaud your goals of fiscal discipline with regards to the state budget, i hope that you consider increases in revenue as well as cuts in programs.  

    The simple fact of the matter is that as more and more people lose their jobs, more and more government services are needed.  Unfortunately, when people lose their jobs, revenue from taxes decrease.  However, for those who still have their jobs and those who are still in relative comfort financially, i believe it is completely reasonable to ask them to pay a little more to bridge the gap through this difficult period.  A tax on individuals with incomes over $1 million would not affect the middle class negatively, and would help maintain services to keep the city and state safe and running.

    Also, the helpfulness of federal money cannot be overstated.  With an Obama administration, hopefully we can count on money from Washington to help plug holes in local and state budgets.  The top priorities for this money should be unemployment (obviously), medicaid (as many are losing their employer-based insurance), schools, and the MTA.  

    We cannot go the route of the 1970s and reduce services to the point that people are leaving the city in droves.  That will turn the current crisis into a decades-long depression for the city and state.  Please continue your thoughtful work in Albany, and impress upon the new Democratic majorities in the Assembly and Senate the necessity of seriousness in this time of crisis.  

  •  OMG, this is soooo awesome!!!!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Though I'm in GA and just joined DailyKos this year, I've been impressed with sooo many Senators and Governors communicating with us on here.  This has truly changed the way I've thought of politics in the past.  AWESOME!!!!  And then I find out that Obama will have weekly youtube fireside chats!!!!  I am sooo happy to have leaders willing to talk to us and not AT us!!!

  •  Governor, is your state good to move to as an MD? (0+ / 0-)

    I am currently a staff physician at a large, fiscally healthy academic center in the South, and am considering joining the recently merged North Shore-LIJ system as part of their new effort with Hofstra to start a med school.  Albany has provided seed grant money to help get this off the ground, and there appears to be an expectation of more help from the state in the future.  

    I read about the $6B in potential budget cuts, and corresponding risk to state healthcare spending, in yesterday's NYT.  So I must ask, what is the future of the state's committment to health care, and to the Hofstra project specifically?  Medicaid reimbursement issues aside, what are reasonable longterm projections for the state government's involvement in biotech, medical research, and medical education development?

    Appreciate your willingness to engage this community.  All the best with the challenges that lie ahead.

  •  Good luck (0+ / 0-)

    What a great post.  You know, my mom was your 3rd (or maybe 4th) grade teacher Gov. Patterson - Ms. Ezell at the time I think. She was so proud of you and talked about you often.  When you took over as Gov. she beamed with pride! She passed on this year - but I know you have someone pulling for you above!  Best of luck on your re-election campaign!

  •  Ballot Access (1+ / 0-)
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    Let other people run for office.
    NY's laws on ballot access are horrendous.

    Most states have some other criteria for achieving party and subsequently ballot access status, other than 50K in one race, every four years.

    We ask for no money or assistance, just fairness in the electoral arena.


    Eric Sundwall
    Chair, Libertarian Party of NY

  •  Please tell Gov Rendell in PA to reach out to (0+ / 0-)

    the Progressive community. Since we are neighbors.

    I think this is fantastic that you are reaching out for ideas and I wish more State Governors and Legislatures would do so.

    Since I am originally a NYer with lots of family and friends there - I am glad they have great leadership!

    2008 World Series Champion Phillies and President Barack Obama - what a great year.

    by PAbluestater on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 11:26:32 AM PST

  •  Cut NY Private Universities, not CUNY/SUNY (2+ / 0-)
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    j1j2j3j4, thecount

    Thank you for this opportunity.  One thing I've never been able to figure out is why New York State gives away public money to private universities such as Columbia, NYU, Fordham and all the rest around the state.  Why does CUNY and SUNY have to continually bear the brunt of budget shortfalls in times of distress when there should be absolutely no funding for these private higher education institutions?  Let them sink or swim on their own, and fund CUNY and SUNY so all New Yorkers have a chance at an excellent and affordable college education.  Thank you.

    •  Thanks for this! (2+ / 0-)
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      j1j2j3j4, thecount

      I am a student at John Jay College (CUNY) and I am a member of the Committee on Student Interests.  We are on a mission to create a campaign to convince students to agree to an increase in the student activities fee because of budget shortfalls.  We haven't had an increase since 1988.  We really need to improve student health services and the women's center.  CUNY schools are in desperate need.  I guess they don't care about us since we are a commuter school.  

      America Finally Got It Right! Congrats and Godspeed to President-Elect Obama and VP-Elect Joe Biden! Sarah P, keep watching those Russians for us!

      by Bronxcutie on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 12:32:58 PM PST

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  •  My GOVERNER (0+ / 0-)

    Nice to hear from ya!

    "I know how to make things run and get things done" - Barack Obama

    by jamgirl86 on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 12:23:25 PM PST

  •  Inspiration (0+ / 0-)

    I wish more people outside NY state knew about you, Governer Paterson.  Your professional and personal accomplishments are so inspiring.  

  •  I <3 my Guv (0+ / 0-)

    "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." Thomas Paine

    by Cait Strummer on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 12:37:38 PM PST

  •  CUNY/ SUNY tuition hikes- from a fellow student (1+ / 0-)
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    As the President of the College Democrats of NY, a huge issue of recent discussion has been the tuition hike that students in the CUNY and SUNY system are facing.

    Here at Binghamton University where I currently attend college, students are facing a $545 increase starting next semester in the spring and an overall yearly increase in 2009 of over $1,000.  

    Obviously I realize that tuition must be increased because of the $8 billion deficit in NY. However, the steep increase of the tuition hike is a cause of concern among students, especially in a poor economy where parents are getting laid off from work.

    Thank you for your time spent in connecting to voters in NY and we hope that SUNY/CUNY tuition will reach a solution that everyone can agree on.

    Dan Levin
    President, College Democrats of NY

    NY College Democrats "Ba-Rackin' The Vote One college student at a time"

    by NY College Dems on Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 12:56:30 PM PST

  •  Please Governor Patterson!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Please don't slash CUNY and SUNY budgets. As an adjunct professor, I know we are already underpaid and doing our best with limited resources. Putting some big projects on hold in these tough economic times might make sense, but cutting funding across the board will hurt those who are already scraping by and who are doing our best for the future of the state.

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