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Paterson: Putting Port in Charge of Moynihan is a “Good Idea”

Yesterday, Governor Paterson endorsed Senator Schumer’s proposal to give the Port Authority control over Moynihan Station. “I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “The Port Authority is the area’s transportation vehicle. The Moynihan Station is a transportation project.” (Watch a video of the press conference here)From the Daily News:

This, of course, pits Paterson against Mayor Bloomberg, who was less than thrilled with Schumer’s rejection of a key part of the mayor’s plan as “the goofiest thing” he had ever seen. Bloomberg retorted that perhaps Schumer should mind his own business.

The governor insisted the disagreement over Moynihan Station “isn’t a personal feud,” and praised Bloomberg for voicing concerns now rather than at some point down the road, adding: “He did what public servants should do.” Paterson said he will “weigh” Bloomberg’s concerns as he works to reach a final decision on Moynihan, but he also called Schumer’s proposal “a good idea.”

Paterson also again defended his decision to do away with the two-chair structure Eliot Spitzer created at ESDC – a move that has brought him considerable grief from upstate business leaders and editorial boards.

The governor said he doesn’t have anyone “teed up” to run the development corporation; he has appointed a commission to help him find someone.

The Post has an entertaining graphic called “The Fight for Moynihan Station.”

Read “Paterson Agrees With Schumer on Moynihan Station,” by Elizabeth Benjamin for The Daily News