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Cleared of charges, Paterson shares regret

David A. Paterson

David A. Paterson

ALBANY — A day after a special prosecutor cleared Gov. David A. Paterson of allegations that he tampered with a witness who had accused a top aide of domestic violence, he says he regrets dropping out of the race for a full term as New York governor.

Paterson tells WOR’s John Gambling Show that he has second thoughts about leaving the race shortly after he asked Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to investigate the allegations of misuse of the governor’s office and state police in the case.

Paterson says he needed to drop out because he had to deal with the allegations.

He also says Thursday the current candidates propose mostly the same actions he’s undertaking in the fiscal crisis and that validates that he would have been a strong contender.

Cuomo has since become the Democratic nominee.