July 16, 2008

A Nice Gov To Work For

Hey, Big Spender! That would be Gov. Paterson.

The New York Sun reports that Paterson, since succeeding Eliot Spitzer in March, has expanded his payroll to the point where it's now larger than the combined staffs of the governor's and lieutenant governor's offices four months ago.

He has also handed out hefty pay raises to his staffers - including his 28-year- old chief flack, whose pay now nearly equals the governor's own, and another staffer whose salary was doubled, to $130,000.

Indeed, fully 35 percent of Paterson's aides now get six-figure paychecks.

Now, all this might well be just a case, as the governor's office insists, of "paying competitive salaries" to attract "top-flight talent."

But this is the same governor who, upon taking office, ordered an across-the- board 3.5 percent budget cut for every state agency.

In fact, Paterson directed that any commissioner who couldn't make the cut "and still be effective" should "take another look at it."

And if that still didn't work, he warned, "maybe we'll have somebody else take a look at it."

But when it comes to his own office, "austerity" isn't in Paterson's vocabulary.

The governor's office now has 176 employees, up from 160 under Spitzer. Paterson's yearly payroll totals nearly $15.7 million, an increase of more than 10 percent over the $14.2 million Spitzer was spending.

Paterson says he plans to reduce spending via "attrition."

The "attrition" dodge is the oldest in the book. It never happens.

And it won't - because New York's accidental governor appears to have a problem saying "no" to his own.

He needs to work on that.

NY Post

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is disgusting! All paid for by the taxpayers of NYS...

Anonymous said...

Yep, the more things change...

Anonymous said...

he is doing what he needs to do. the gov wants to keep his job, so he needs to make friends fast - so the monies will flow. To bad WNY will not see a dime.

Frank DeGeorge said...

It doesn't matter who the governor is...Cuomo, Pataki, Spitzer or Paterson....they all get addicted to spending our money.

Anonymous said...

It's free money...spend, spend, spend. No wonder our kids our leaving.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Dan Rivera smacked Paterson around to get him to spend more moneyy

Anonymous said...

I wonder if there is any increase in staff due to the fact the the new governor is blind. While I have nothing against that...It would be an interesting thing to see if any staff members were hired to help him with his disability. If they were hired in that case, I think it is ok. But if they were hired to make friends...not so much!

DS said...

ORLY?

You're a freakin idiot..

HOBBES, BAN/REMOVE this idiot.

DS said...

Shh.. don't say anything bad about him in the big media because he's Black and Blind... we don't want to look like meanies...

gop shill said...

What do Goveror Paterson, Comptroller DiNapoli and Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith all have in common?

They blew off Dan Rivera fundraisers where they were the guests of honor. That says a lot, doesn't it?

But since Rivera is good at selling tickets featuring guests who never show, I suggest the next Dem Fundraiser should feature Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.

pirate's code said...

Hendrix, Morrison, Joplin...politics aside, that's funny.

Anonymous said...

The Doors are coming to Lockport! ...without the dead one.