If not for the ethical issues radiating from the Aqueduct deal, Gov. Paterson might actually deserve some genuine applause for vetoing the Legislature’s bogus ethics-reform initiative.
Alas, the governor ends up looking more than a little two-faced.
Certainly, Paterson was right to follow through on his promise to veto the bill, despite its overwhelming support in both houses of the Legislature.
Because, as the governor made clear in his veto message, this isn’t real reform — certainly not the kind that’s needed if the ethical cesspool that is New York’s capital is ever to be cleaned up.
"While there are positive aspects to [the bill]," he said, "it does not . . . [address] the corrosive effects of outside influence and internal decay."
But how can anyone take Paterson seriously when he rhetorically embraces ethics reform even as he’s apparently making a behind-closed-doors deal to boost his electoral chances this fall by steering the lucrative Aqueduct slot-machine-casino contract to old pals and political allies? (See above.)
There’s a word for that.