ALBANY—David Paterson to Brooklyn, Take Two.
The governor will appear at a “community conversation” in the borough of Vito Lopez, not exactly a Paterson supporter, on December 1 at the First A.M.E. Zion Church on MacDonough Street. The forum is organized by Assemblywoman Annette Robinson, Representative Ed Towns, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery and City Councilman Al Vann.
“It’ll be a good community conversation with a good cross-section of people,” said Assemblyman Darryl Towns, who said he plans on attending. “I think we’ll get more people than last time. It’s going to be more of a Brooklyn-wide event.”
Last time refers to a similar forum held October 21, where Paterson’s attendance was billed, but he never showed up. A representative was sent instead, but attendees were not told the governor wasn’t coming until well into the forum. This meeting will be an opportunity for Paterson to shore up a critical base for any electoral run: African-Americans in New York City.
“There were some scheduling conflicts last time, but that glitch has been worked out,” Towns said. One glitch that has not: The still-looming budget deficit, which may keep Paterson tied up in Albany.
Here’s the invite.