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Paterson Used Taxpayer Money For Hotel Rooms

by on March 25, 2008

And we thought the state would be going in a different direction when Spitzer resigned?

Gov. David Paterson on Monday defended using taxpayers’ money to stay at downtown Albany hotels while serving as lieutenant governor, even though he owns a home 20 minutes from the Capitol.

Paterson’s use of state and campaign funds for hotels have come under increased scrutiny after he admitted last week to having extra-marital affairs with several women. On Friday, he paid back his campaign for two hotel stays in Manhattan after he couldn’t explain why he rented the rooms.

State records show Paterson spent more than $2,000 using a state-issued credit card on a dozen Albany hotel rooms since he became lieutenant governor in 2007, despite owning a home in nearby Guilderland since late 2001 and having access to a state chauffer

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