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From the Desk of Assemblyman Charles Lavine: July 17, 2009

Lavine: Paterson Picks Right Man in Ravitch

New York State Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine (D-Glen Cove) has issued a statement on Governor David Paterson’s selection of Richard Ravitch for New York’s Lieutenant Governor.

Assemblyman Lavine said, “While the constitutional crisis resulting from the attempted coup in our State Senate continues to damage New York’s economy as well as its collective psyche, our citizens can at least find some comfort in Governor Paterson’s appointment of Richard Ravitch to serve as lieutenant governor. Because of Ravitch’s storied career and lifetime of public service, New Yorkers can breathe more easily with the knowledge that our state will be in the best of hands should the governor leave the state or be unable to serve.

“Mr. Ravitch’s numerable and remarkable accomplishments include service as counsel to a congressional subcommittee, appointment to the United States Commission on Urban Problems by President Lyndon Johnson (chaired by the legendary Senator Paul Douglas of Illinois), head of the New York State Urban Development Corporation under Governor Hugh Carey (Ravitch turned around a near-bankrupt agency and completed construction on 30,000 low-income homes), chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and member of the Council on Foreign Relations,” Assemblyman Lavine iterated.

The assemblyman continued, “Richard Ravitch has a much-admired reputation for independent analysis of difficult problems and formulation of solutions that are based on science, reason and a fierce sense of protection of community. He knows the complexities of New York’s government like few others.

“Governor Paterson deserves great commendation for selecting a quintessential New Yorker who is one of our great citizens for this most crucially important position,” Assemblyman Lavine concluded.