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109th Assembly District
ALBANY OFFICE: Room 452, LOB, Albany, NY 12248 • (518) 455-5931 DISTRICT OFFICE: 3 Halfmoon Executive Park Drive • Clifton Park, NY 12065 • (518) 371-0568
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2010 ***Statement***
Contact: Bob Reilly - (518)339-5419
Assemblyman Reilly: In time of crisis, lack of leadership hurting New York State
“As the events and allegations surround Governor David Paterson have unfolded around us, I am deeply troubled by the lack of leadership shown by our Governor during this tumultuous time. Our state is in the middle of a financial crisis, the likes of which we have not seen in decades. The lack of leadership shown by Governor Paterson is disturbing and the ripple effect has begun to tarnish and disrupt the work of our state agencies. This is evident, foremost, by the resignation of Denise O’Donnell, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety, and the stain on the reputation of the New York State Police, an agency with an impeccable reputation for professionalism and public service. The Governor has shown that he is not up to the job of leading this state. He has refused to engage the Legislature in budget negotiations. A story published this morning by the Staten Island Advance cites a source close to Lieutenant Governor Ravitch which states that Ravitch hasn’t talked to the governor in over a month and cannot get face time with Paterson. He likewise has not spoken with Assembly Speaker Silver in the past month. This shows a systemic lack of leadership in a time when the state needs leaders. This morning, Senator Liz Kruger called on the governor to hand over the duties of negotiating the budget with the Legislature to Lieutenant Governor Ravitch. I stand with Senator Kruger and support the call for the Lieutenant Governor to step up and work with us to craft a budget that addresses the needs of this state during this fiscal crisis. Richard Ravitch has shown throughout his career, the type of leadership and fiscal intelligence we can use at this time. While I respect the office of the governor, the allegations have distracted us from the important work we are tasked with doing. Let Governor Paterson address the ethical questions surrounding his administration, focus on running the State and working to restore the image of our state agencies and state employees and let the Lieutenant Governor work with us to get the State’s fiscal house in order. With that said, I must reiterate that, if in fact these allegations are true, if in fact the Governor pressured a woman to drop accusations of domestic abuse or used the powers of his office to that effect, I have no choice but to call for his resignation.