Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Pathological liar" Paterson, a compromised governor, and Atlantic Yards

From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, in a post-mortem on Governor David Paterson, who has suspended his campaign but resisted calls to resign:
Paterson, however, was criticized by opponents of the Atlantic Yards/Barclays Arena project, who had hoped that he would come out strongly against the plan.

“We met with the governor and he had promised an independent review of Atlantic Yards in December, but he never followed through,” said Dan Goldstein of Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn. Goldstein concurred with Village Voice writer Wayne Barrett’s depiction of Paterson as a “pathological liar.”
Well, I don't think a single episode makes Paterson a "pathological liar," but, like too many politicians, he made a promise and didn't follow through. (See more below on this.)

Updated: The Times reports today:
More than one legislator has left him assuming they have cemented a deal of some sort. But Mr. Paterson can forget these conversations ever happened.
Barrett's take

Then again, Barrett's gotten a lot more opportunity to observe the governor. He called Paterson a "pathological liar" yesterday on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show and, writing on Thursday in the Voice's blog, called for the governor to resign:
Who is running the state of New York? Is there any way an embattled governor, fresh off a national lying tour launched on Larry King, can possibly guide a budget through a divided legislature? Is there a shred of credibility left?
Paterson on AY in December

As I reported December 2, before a "community conversation" at the First A.M.E. Zion Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant the previous evening, Paterson held a hastily-called meeting with a small group of Atlantic Yards opponents.

He promised them "an objective and fair hearing"--seemingly meaningless (and too late) boilerplate given that state agencies like the ESDC and Metropolitan Transportation Authority have already been charged to do so and have vigorously defended their actions in court after being sued.

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