Frustrated that state leaders are not embracing his proposal for a state spending cap, Gov. David Paterson today threatened to veto any new spending measures in this year’s budget.
“If there is any legislation this year that calls for more spending, while nobody wants to listen to me about my spending cap, I will veto it and they will not override my veto,” Paterson said on John Grambling’s radio show on WOR-AM in New York City.
Paterson also knocked legislative leaders for not going along with his call to have the members of the state Commission on Public Integrity resign after the state Inspector General’s Office found that then-Executive Director Herbert Teitelbaum leaked information to the Spitzer administration while it was under investigation.
“Not one legislative leader, nobody who appoints as well, were willing to even publicly ask their person to resign,” he said, adding that “It tells us that they were more interested in self interest than in the people’s interest.”
All this came before Paterson held his weekly public leaders meeting to discuss energy issues.