Paterson’s Friendly Demeanor

031408 paterson4 web Patersons Friendly DemeanorThe one thing everyone seems to agree on about incoming Governor David Paterson is that he’s funny and, in comparison to Eliot Spitzer, easy to get along with.

According to lobbyist Richard Lipsky, who I spoke to this afternoon, that may change after he gets sworn in as governor on Monday.

“In assuming the executive role, David Paterson’s perceived amiableness will likely undergo some transformation because it’s necessary, as an executive rather than as a legislator to establish that you have a firm control over the helm and you’re someone not to be trifled with," Lipsky said. "And I expect that he will do that."