Gov. David Paterson’s baby-faced teen son was busted Tuesday for allegedly carrying a missing or stolen debit card and gambling when he was caught shooting dice near his Upper West Side high school, according to published reports.
Police found that 15-year-old Alex Paterson had someone else’s debit card after they broke up the game and asked him for ID, reports said.
The teenager, whom the governor introduced as a “gentleman” during his swearing-in speech in 2008, was held for questioning at the 20th Precinct and then released into the custody of his mother, Michelle.
There were conflicting reports on whether the teen was arrested, however, The New York Post reported that a juvenile charge was filed.
The governor’s office confirmed the incident in a statement, but asked that the family’s “privacy is respected during this personal time.” The NYPD on Tuesday said it had no comment, and Alex’s school, The Beacon School on West 61st Street, also declined comment.
The incident is just the latest blow to the governor’s reputation, which has been rocked by political hardships such as a coup among state senators and the circus around filling Hillary Clinton’s vacated Senate seat.
“It’s tough being the governor’s son,” said political analyst Hank Sheinkopf on Tuesday. “The stress of the chaos in Albany and now this personal problem just makes it more difficult for [the governor] every day.”
Sheinkopf added that he doesn’t think Paterson’s already-low approval ratings will be affected.
Alex is Paterson’s only son, though the governor has a stepdaughter, Ashley.