David Paterson

Soft drink ‘obesity tax’ being proposed in New York State

In an effort aimed at close the $15 billion state budget gap, New York Governor David Paterson is calling for a 15 percent tax on soft drinks - the "obesity tax", which turns public concerns over obesity a politically-acceptable target for taxation.

Paterson’s Office Says ‘We Are Not Amused’ By ‘Saturday Night Live’ Skit

A skit on the weekend edition of 'Saturday Night Live' portraying a disoriented, buffoonlike Gov. Paterson, who is legally blind, has come in for strong flak from his office. Risa B. Heller, his Communications Director said the skit was nothing more than cheap ridicule, a surprisingly strong reaction since the governor is well-known to make light of his vision problems.