The Third Place Paterson Grew Up

David Paterson is in Brooklyn right now, where he just concluded his opening remarks at a town hall about the state budget, by thanking the audience members for showing up “in Brooklyn, where I grew up.”

Paterson went to school on Long Island, and has long claimed ties to Harlem, where he was a state senator for two decades before getting into the governor’s mansion.

One woman who asked Paterson a question referred to him as “my son.”

I’m watching the town hall from the lobby of Brooklyn Borough Hall since the main room, where the event is taking place is full. “Our staff can’t even get in,” a Paterson aide told me when she turned me away from the door.