As he walked to greet a meeting of the state Small Business Task Force at the state Capitol this afternoon, Gov. David Paterson would say little about whether he’ll announce a lieutenant governor selection in his 5:01 p.m. address tonight.
But he did say, “Well, it’s obviously an issue on people’s minds, you know, it just keeps coming up. So amid the financial issues and the Senate issues, I’ll try to address it.”
He wouldn’t divulge whether that means he’ll announce a lieutenant governor selection or simply talk about either pursuing the selection of one or rule it out.
When told that there’s only one seat set up in the Red Room for the address — which means a candidate won’t be sitting next to him — Paterson responded, “That’s right it’s a chair for one.”
When asked what he will say about the lieutenant-governor speculation, he said, “I’m going to talk about the whole issue for the last month.”
Speculation is continuing over whether Paterson will announce a lieutenant governor as a way to end the Senate stalemate, allowing the LG to break any tie vote.
Meanwhile, the Republican coalition and Sen. Pedro Espada, D-Bronx, are asking television stations this afternoon to also be allowed TV time after Paterson’s address.
They’ve requested time at 5:15 p.m. to respond to Paterson.