Sharpton Plans Rally For Paterson

ALBANY—The Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network is organizing a rally for David Paterson next weekend, hoping to re-energize the governor among a natural base.

Polls have showed Paterson slipping among some black voters, with fewer than half of them saying in a recent survey they approve of how Paterson does his job. The rally, which will take place on April 25 at the House of Justice at 145th Street and Lenox Avenue, will feature several black elected officials.

“I think it’s an outgrowth of the meeting the caucus had with Al Sharpton, and it’s part of a strategy to help rebuild the governor’s numbers,” said Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, who was invited to the rally.

Paterson took time during the height of budget negotiations to unexpectedly swing by a meeting of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus when Sharpton was visiting.

Sharpton Plans Rally For Paterson