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After Eliot Spitzer gained a reputation for being too mean, one of the questions about New York Gov. David Paterson is whether he's too nice. That's one of the implications from a New York Times news analysis piece on Paterson and the state budget:
Last week, he flew to his wife's 47th-birthday party in Manhattan amid the final stages of horse-trading. On Tuesday, as a deal was being completed, he was at Shea Stadium for opening day. And while he did spend considerable time in the capital, it was almost entirely behind closed doors as he hammered out the state's new $122 billion budget in secret, adhering to an old Albany tradition.
The few times he did speak publicly, Governor Paterson said he was trying to hang tough on spending and keep the Legislature in line. But his effect seemed limited. By the end of the process, he vowed to get really tough, do some "hard-core cutting" and "tighten our belts" -- next year.
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