- Governor Paterson, in an interview with the Albany Times Union, defended his efforts on behalf of his party's Senate candidates, and denied he had promised to not get involved in the campaign. In a long, sometimes rambling account, Paterson complained that he was "constantly being attacked" once Bruno retired and Senator Skelos become Majority Leader.
The governor still seemed particularly piqued by the events surrounding the Aqueduct racino selection process.
Now, in the leaders’ meeting, Sen. Skelos, on Oct. 3rd, criticized me for not bringing in a deal on Aqueduct. I was ready to do that in July. The state lost $90 million, a million dollars a day, because we couldn’t – because three people couldn’t agree on who had the best offer to start the VLTs and the destination projects at Aqueduct. Finally, since I’d been called out, I came up with a group I thought would be the best one. And two more weeks went by. Why? What were they doing for the two weeks? They said they didn’t understand the plan? After three months they didn’t understand it?That's not the first time that Paterson has made a point to refute any insinuation on the part of the Republicans that they extracted enhancments to Delaware North's original plan. "Delaware North's bid was not changed," a spokesman said last week.
In the extra two weeks, they couldn’t have been negotiating with the companies because if they were, that violates the negotiating principle.
IJL: So were they posturing?
Paterson: I don’t know what they were doing! I just know that was another 15 million dollars until they finally arrived on the same group we did. [Capital Confidential]