Some ears perked up and eyebrows were raised earlier today at Brooklyn Borough Hall when Gov. Paterson opened a Town Hall-style meeting on the state budget.
“I can’t thank all of you enough for taking out time to come to this town meeting right here where I grew up in Brooklyn,” he said to introductory applause.
Huh? Didn’t he launch his short-lived run for election a couple of weeks ago from the place where his family moved to help raise and educate him, in Hempstead?
Well, the biographies all say he was born in Brooklyn but moved as a child.
At his since-nixed campaign launch, Paterson was introduced by Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne Hall. He at one point corrected himself after claiming Paterson as a “native son,” noting Paterson hadn’t been born there.
For New York City, this Brooklyn-to-Long Island-transplant running statewide is nothing new. Rudy Giuliani did some in-Brooklyn-as-a-kid commercials in the 1993 mayoral race even though he did most of his growing up in Nassau County. Mark Green first lived in Brooklyn before his family moved to Great Neck. He appeared at the Great Neck LIRR station when he ran for attorney general in 2006, though he of course wouldn’t have had any call to do so in 2001 when he ran for mayor.
By Dan Janison
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