“Like so many New Yorkers, I have been deeply concerned about the shocking and serious criminal allegations pending against Governor Paterson’s staffer, David Johnson. Charges of physical violence perpetrated against women must be investigated with the utmost seriousness and, if proven true, prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Governor Paterson’s expected announcement today that he will not stand for election was the right thing to do. I and many other legislators in both houses, from both parties, have serious concerns about the allegations and how they have made it nearly impossible for the people’s business to move forward. We are fast approaching our state’s April 1 fiscal deadline when the budget is due. We need to get back to business and work toward passing an on-time, fiscally responsible budget. New York State cannot afford any more of these distractions.”