New York Governor David Paterson started out his second week in office pretty much like his first week.
The first week was rough- trysts and tricks made the headlines.
Today, in his first TV interview since becoming governor of New York, David Paterson says he did coke and smoked dope.
The Daily Politics reported:
In an interview with NY1’s Dominic Carter this evening, Gov. David Paterson admitted that he had used illegal drugs – both cocaine and marijuana – when he was in his 20s.
Carter couched the question by noting that he had asked both Eliot Spitzer and his Democratic primary challenger, Nassau County ExecutiveTom Suozzi, during their lone debate back in 2006 whether they had ever smoked pot. (They both said yes).
Carter then turned to Paterson and asked whether he had ever used drugs – not pot specifically, but drugs in general.
Paterson replied: “Actually Dominic, I was in the audience that night, and was asked the same question…and I answered in the affirmative.”
“Yes,” Paterson replied.
“Yes…I think I was about 22 or 23. I tried it a couple of times…And marijuana, probably when I was about 20. I don’t think I’ve touched marijuana since the late 70s.”
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The New York Post reported this morning that Governor Paterson charged the state 13 times for his hotel stops in Albany.
Despite owning a house less than 20 minutes from the state Capitol, Gov. Paterson, as lieutenant governor, routinely used taxpayer money to stay at nearby hotels, The Post has learned.
Credit-card records obtained from the state Comptroller’s Office covering Paterson’s nearly 15 months as lieutenant governor showed he charged his state credit card for 13 Albany hotel stays totaling more than $2,500 between Jan. 1, 2007, and this past Feb. 18.
“It’s a bit odd, and it’s the kind of thing that certainly raises eyebrows,” said Susan Lerner, of Common Cause New York, a government watchdog group.
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