Paterson: Cuomo’s 14-day transition is ‘suspicious’

Former New York Gov. David Paterson raised questions Thursday about why Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking 14 days to officially leave office following his resignation announcement.

Paterson, a former lieutenant governor who ascended to New York’s top office after Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned amid his own sex scandal, told WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show that the two-week window before Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul can take over seems dubious.

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“It was just a little puzzling that they wanted to have that amount of time,” he said in an interview with Lehrer. “And what they’re going to do with that time, it’s suspicious — I’ll put it that way.”

Paterson said he requested a five-day transition period in order to prepare for his own inauguration after Spitzer said he’d step down in wake of a prostitution scandal. But, he argued, Hochul likely doesn’t need much, if any time, for the transition given the months she’s had to prepare since Cuomo’s scandals first came to light.

“I think in the case of Lt. Gov. Hochul, she has been aware that this situation could occur since March — since the investigation began. So, I think as she was sort of hinting yesterday, she’s ready to take over right now,” he said. “I just think the governor has just not resolved in his mind what’s actually going on yet and his self-awareness just does not seem to be particularly helpful to him at this particular time.”

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