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The Long Island Contractors Association is cranking up the rhetoric against Gov. David Paterson, who has halted payments on current capital projects as he struggles to keep the state solvent.

"Candidly, we believe this Governor has lost his ability to make rational decisions,” LICA’s executive director, Mark Herbst, said in a statement posted Thursday on the group’s Web site.

“It's as if we are watching some wrenching final scene from the `Madness of King George the Third.' Not only has the Governor stopped all construction projects in the pipeline, but also projects that are well under way and incurring considerable costs to the contractor such as the Route 110 overpass,” the statement said.

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LICA is among a group of downstate contractors reportedly preparing to file a class-action lawsuit against the state for any economic damages.