Paterson Reflects on Year One

ALBANY—For the past few days, reporters have lobbed various big “one-year later” questions at the governor, noting that at this time in 2008 we were re-hinging our jaws as Eliot Spitzer prepared to resign.
In a sit-down with reporters today Paterson said he is  proudest of sounding the alarm early on the state’s worsening fiscal crisis. He regrets not appointing a U.S. senator more quickly. If he could start over with perfect hindsight, he said, he would have built a transition team.
“I’ve learned to act, not to react,” Paterson said. “I think that when we first came in, I acted—very quickly and very decisively.

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