2008_08_patersonsm.jpgAfter noting that the NY State is facing a fiscal crisis on Tuesday, Governor David Paterson took the bad news to Washington D.C. Paterson said at the National Press Club that the federal government needs to help invest in things like infrastructure, schools, mass transit and job training, pointing out NY State sent $82.6 billion more to D.C. than it got back. Senator Chris Dodd told the NY Times, though, there just isn't money. On a much lighter note, someone in the audience asked, "Your rise to the governor's seat is, if anything, an illustration of the fallibility of our public officials. What lessons do you draw about the imperfection of politicians?" to which Paterson began, "Be careful when you come to Washington..."