Gov. David Paterson's energetic response to the state budget crisis has been the hallmark of his tenure, but even as he was ordering state agencies to cut their spending and warning of even tougher times ahead, his Office of General Services was buying a $21,000 custom-stitched 10-foot-by-15-foot antique carpet for the governor's mansion.News of the purchase, from a New York City firm that had contributed at least $8,000 to the Spitzer/Paterson campaign, was seized upon by critics who have questioned some of the governor's budget-cutting plans.
Purchase of Turkish carpet takes taxpayers for a ride?
The rug, ordered from Stark Carpet on Third Avenue in New York City, was shipped July 31, according to payment records and invoices. Earlier that week, Paterson ordered a second round of cuts for state agencies, bringing the reduction to 10 percent.