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Cutting remarks about Paterson's shave
Gov. David A. Paterson’s beard-less appearance is still making news two days after he explained to reporters that he ditched the whiskers at his son’s suggestion.
Paterson was asked about his new look at news conferences today in upstate Syracuse and Rochester. In both instances, he said removing the beard was a metaphor for spending cuts to close the $2.1-billion deficit.
“I wanted to set a precedent, there’s going to be a lot of cutting in the budget this year,” Paterson said in Syracuse.
Republicans also are using Paterson’s beard removal as a metaphor – to criticize his leadership.
“Shaving his beard won’t divert the public’s attention away from the governor’s record of failure, mismanagement and incompetence that has many New Yorkers a whisker away from leaving the state,” said State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the minority leader.
Skelos was hitting back at criticism by Paterson that Republicans were too slow to embrace an operator for the gambling machines at Aqueduct racecourse in Queens. The initial operator, Delaware North Cos., eventually was approved by Skelos but pulled out because of the recession.