Paterson's Sprint

Here’s the picture I took while trying to keep up with Governor David Paterson as he sprinted to the finish line in the five-mile Hope and Possibility race in Central Park yesterday. He ran the race alongside its chairwoman, Trisha Meili, better known as the central park jogger.

Their time was 53 minutes and 22 seconds. (Meili told me afterwards that they stopped at every water station, so that may explain the time.)

Afterwards, I asked Paterson about coming up on his 100th day in office this week.

“Well, technically, the 100th day is at 1 p.m. on [Tuesday], June 24th,” Paterson said, “but in reality, every governor before me either had plenty of time to know they were becoming governor like Malcolm Wilson in 1974, or they had 54 days to plan for it, like Eliot Spitzer. So, I don’t even have a feeling about the first one hundred days because I haven’t really gone through the staff, I haven’t met all the commissioners, I haven’t had a chance to look through the entire agenda of the last administration’s programs.”

Paterson said his accomplishments include passing a timely budget, and getting lawmakers to realize the seriousness of the fiscal problem they’re facing.

Paterson's Sprint