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Gov seeks to shift spotlight to $ crisis

Gov. David A. Paterson was scheduled to use a breakfast event on Monday to focus attention on the budget deficit rather than whether he should remain in office.  Paterson is due to conduct a "one-on-conversation" about the "state's future," according to the invitation for the public breakfast at Club 101 in midtown Manhattan. The event, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., was organized weeks ago by the New York Observer and several companies.
    Sources close to Paterson said he hoped to focus the discussion on next year's $8.2-billion deficit and the urgency of adopting the 2010-11 budget by the April 1 deadline. He also would like to hold a public meeting with legislative leaders later this week. It wasn't clear yesterday whether they would attend.     
    Paterson is attempting to move beyond allegations that he and members of the State Police interfered with a domestic violence case involving a top Paterson aide. An investigation of the matter, at Paterson's request, is underway by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
    The charges led prominent Democrats to successfully pressure Paterson to drop his election campaign on Friday - six days after he launched it at Hofstra University.     
     Separately, disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Rod Blagojevich urged Paterson not to resign. Blagojevich was removed from office after attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.     
     "My advice to Governor Paterson - and I don't know the circumstances, if he didn't do anything wrong, then you shouldn't quit," Blagojevich said on the Fox Business Network. "You should fight."     
     Blagojevich continued, "If you believe in the things you're doing for people, then keep fighting. Don't let these powerful people push you aside...I think the American people are looking for people who are willing to stand up to the power, are willing to fight back on behalf of the people, and maybe Governor Paterson could be a champion for them if, in fact, he has got right on his side," the former Illinois governor added.   

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