Paterson Aide's New Job Suddenly a Big Deal
Today the Post complains that one day after leaving the secretary's post, Cunningham found work in the governor's Long Island office at a similar salary. His newer job is as advisor on disbursement of the federal stimulus in New York, a seemingly necessary function that didn't exist when Cunningham first came on board. Nonetheless Cunningham is getting slightly more money than Timothy Gilchrist, who's supposed to be in charge of that function. The Post adds to the story allegations new to us that Paterson found Cunningham "'weak' and 'indecisive'" in his previous post and "blamed him for the chaos in his administration," etc.
This is the sort of thing that might slide in a popular administration. But when such an administration becomes unpopular, and also presides over a broken budget, it goes down less well. Maybe Paterson's best bet now is to go down to the subways and rescue someone who has fallen on the tracks, or chase down a mugger.