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Paterson pushes for better poll numbers

Gov. David A. Paterson's aides spent part of the weekend disputing a report of some extracurricular "nuzzling" and "neck-kissing" with a woman in a restaurant other than his spouse.

Sketchy canoodling charges aside,  Paterson is hoping the Siena College poll, due out today, will show a continued upswing in his approval ratings among voters, James T. Madore tells us from Albany.

He acknowledged last week taking encouragement from two months of better numbers and hoping to parlay them into donations for his depleted campaign treasury. He spent heavily on TV ads to get his poll results out of the basement.

    Last month, Siena found 36 percent of voters viewed Paterson favorably while 53 percent had an unfavorable impression, up from 27-61 in October.

   Similarly, 23 percent of voters said Paterson was doing either a “good” or “excellent” job while 34 percent rated him as “poor.” That’s an improvement over 19-36 ratio in October.

    Any reversal in this month’s Siena results would serve as double whammy for Paterson after the disclosure Friday that presumptive primary challenger Andrew Cuomo raised three times more money since July.

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