1:53 pm Apr. 23, 2012
Andrew Cuomo defended his selection of former governor David Paterson for an unpaid position on the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, despite Paterson's misdeeds as governor, which included making false statements to investigators about how he obtained tickets to a Yankees World Series game and getting involved inappropriately in a domestic-abuse case involving a top aide.
"Governor Paterson is doing a public service," Cuomo said, when asked about the appointment this afternon. "It's an unpaid position. I think he is going to be a powerful advocate and an informed voice on the M.T.A."
Cuomo said investigations that found Paterson acted inappropriately while governor have "nothing to do with the fact the he is going to bring great experience, wisdom and knowledge to the M.T.A. board."
Since leaving office, Paterson has worked as a teacher in New York University and an afternoon radio host on WOR710. Cuomo has been a guest on multiple occasions on his show.