2008_12_pateh.jpgGovernor Paterson continued his vow of silence regarding who he'll appoint to take Hillary Clinton's Senate seat. In a statement, he said, "I expect to announce Senator Clinton’s replacement when the position becomes officially vacant.” In others, we've got about two more months of speculation (RFK Jr? Cuomo? Reps. Velazquez, Gillibrand, Israel, Higgins, Meeks, Lowey? Brown (Mayor of Buffalo)? ). Paterson also said of Secretary of State-designate Clinton, "She is the leader we need to partner with President-Elect Obama to confront the international challenges we face today. I can think of no one more qualified for the position at this critical moment in our history. New York will lose a powerful voice in the Senate. But the nation will gain a powerful voice in the world."