Sunday Wrap & Poll Question for the Week of August 22

David Paterson is getting the best marks of his term in office since the honeymoon ended in the summer of 2008 for the role he played during the budget crisis (B+ in my book) and now for trying to resolve the NYC cultural center/mosque brouhaha. Even when he does good, however, he manages to look like he’s bumbling, which probably comes from a tendency to talk first and think second.

This weekend’s big story:

Rick Karlin of The Times Union picked up on two press releases issued late last week with bad news for New York’s citizenry. In the first the Division of the Budget reported on Friday that the projected budget gaps for 2011-12 and 2012-2013 have increased. On top of that the State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced he may reduce the projected rate of return of the state’s pension fund, meaning that localities will be hit with a bigger bill next year for their pension contributions.

Joe Spector of Gannett covered the same news.

Both writers point out the conflicting views offered by the governor’s office, which emphasizes his accomplishment in bringing home a “balanced” budget, and those of critiques such as the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon who keeps reiterating the points he made earlier in the month that things are actually getting worse.

Poll Question of the Week

Last week we wondered how our readers read the impact of the debate over building a Moslem cultural center/mosque within 500 feet of ground zero. 50 percent feel it will help those pols who oppose the center; 30 percent see no impact; only 17 percent think their opposition will hurt those candidates.

This week we’d like to know how closely you’re following the race to decide who will replace Andrew Cuomo as the Sheriff of Wall Street, State Street and Main Street? Vote today at


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