The Legislature approved an emergency budget bill on Monday that would authorize Gov. David A. Paterson to furlough about 100,000 state employees, roughly half the state’s work force, without pay for one day.
Public employee unions contended that the furloughs, which officials said would be the first for state workers in New York, would be illegal, and they said they would seek a temporary restraining order in Federal District Court in Albany to block Mr. Paterson’s plan.
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A crude car bomb of propane, gasoline and fireworks was discovered in a smoking Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of Times Square on Saturday evening, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers on a warm and busy night. Although the device had apparently started to detonate, there was no explosion, and early on Sunday the authorities were still seeking a suspect and motive. Continue reading
Keith Wright discusses Governor Paterson, after attending a meeting hosted by Al Sharpton, at Sylvia’s in Harlem
By Michael Powell for the NYTimes
They filed one after another into Riverside Church, mayors and governors and renowned preachers and musicians, all come to pay their respects to that most unusual product of our nation’s history, a man who became father to modern Harlem and godfather to generations of black politicians.
The memorial service for Percy E. Sutton, the legendary Harlem politician and mentor to Gov. David A. Paterson, has caused a major scheduling headache: The service is scheduled to start just hours before Mr. Paterson is to deliver his 2010 State of the State address.
The family of Mr. Sutton, a former Manhattan borough president and Harlem elder statesman who died on Saturday, is holding his memorial service Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Riverside Church in Manhattan.
But Mr. Paterson is scheduled to deliver his address at 1 p.m. in Albany, 140 miles to the north, to an audience of hundreds of lawmakers and dignitaries.
The scheduling conflict was not intentional.
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The White House wants him out of the race. Top New York Democrats expect him to step aside. And Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo and former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani are eyeing his job.
But there is one question the party has failed to grapple with: What if Gov. David A. Paterson refuses to go?
A number of Mr. Paterson’s friends and associates say he has reiterated in private conversations what he has insisted publicly — that he has no intention of abandoning the race for governor next year. Mr. Paterson, they say, has become only more resolute since the Obama administration’s disenchantment with him became public last month.
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At the African-American Day parade in Harlem yesterday, Governor David Paterson informed reporters that he remained a candidate for governor, despite opposition to his candidacy from within his own party: “I am running for governor right now. I have no idea about any, in other words, I am a candidate for governor.” Is this defiance or leaving himself some wiggle room?
Paterson did not deny the rumors that Obama requested him to leave the governor’s race, saying, “I mean I have had a number of conversations with a number of different people. They were confidential. I’m not going to discuss them… I’m not talking about any specific conversations.”
Was that really Gov. David A. Paterson’s top aide, Secretary Charles O’Byrne, and Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Michael Balboni among the handful who were seated at the exclusive 11-table Rao’s restaurant in East Harlem Thursday night? Even Madonna and Lance Armstrong are said to have been turned away from the famous eatery, which gained a morbid cachet five years ago when someone was shot on the premises.
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