Former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch is denying published reports that he had a transition speech in the ready in anticipation that David Paterson might step down as governor. Ravitch, who served as Lt. Gov. in 2009 and 2010, has has a long career in the public and private sectors including banking, construction, as chair of the New York State Urban Development Corp., and chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He has often walked into troubled fiscal situations that few others would envy. Ravitch will speak at Albany Law School April 22 on the fiscal challenges facing local governments. Ravitch will also sign his new book, So Much To Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics And Confronting Fiscal Crises.
The powerful father of former New York Governor David Paterson has died at the age of 87. Basil Paterson served in the Army in World War II before becoming New York’s first African-American Secretary of State in 1979. He also served in the state Senate, representing the Upper West Side of New York City and Harlem, and was appointed Deputy Mayor of New York in 1978.
A new Siena poll shows candidates taking new positions in two New York City political races that have commanded national attention.
The New York Times/Siena College Poll shows public advocate Bill De Blasio, a Democrat, leading the pack in the race for New York City mayor ... Pollster Steve Greenberg says De Blasio has opened up a significant lead over the other candidates.
Former Governor David Paterson appears to be somewhat conflicted about his role as an official supporter of New York City Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer, and his ongoing friendship with his former partner- in-government, former Governor Eliot Spitzer.