Paterson Praises ‘Great’ Cuomo, But Says More Needs to Be Done on Government Consolidation

ALBANY—David Paterson appeared this morning in Kingston to talk about local government consolidation, a small signal that nearly a month after the State Senate descended into chaos, he’s back pushing the suburban strategy of talking about ways to reduce property taxes.
But now there’s a twist: the legislative session ended this year with the only tangible accomplishment being a bill drafted and pushed by Andrew Cuomo, tacitly understood to be Paterson’s most likely potential rival. As he announced a grant to facilitate vehicle consolidation in Ulster County, he praised Cuomo as “great,” before moving on to his own suburban agenda.
“Last week I signed the local government consolidation bill, and I can’t thank