Paterson Freezes ACORN Payments

ALBANY—David Paterson's budget czar just sent this memo to state agency heads directing them to "immediately place a hold" on all state contracts to ACORN, which has been under fire from the political right in recent days.

This issue erupted earlier this week when the Post reported that two people posing as a pimp and a prostitute received help from ACORN in Brooklyn when they asked for assistance opening a brothel. Republican state senators, including Tom Libous and Steve Saland, have called for the state to stop funding ACORN. Both the House and Senate voted to cut off federal funding to ACORN.