If you were a former three-term governor of New York and had dealt with all of Albany's crap for 12 years, wouldn't you hate politics and life so much that you'd want to go fishing or golfing or part-time corporate lobbying all the time, alone, while anxiously awaiting your death that just can't come soon enough? Yeah, you would! But if you're George Pataki, you apparently want to run for president. Hmm.
Socialite Fabiola Beracasa turns 33 today. Model Petra Nemcova is turning 30. Former New York Governor George Pataki is 64. Former labor secretary Robert Reich turns 63. Actress Minka Kelly is 29. Beyonce's kid sister, Solange Knowles, is 23. Longtime newspaper columnist and author Pete Hamill is turning 74. Actress Sherry Stringfield is 42. Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is 62. And The Office's Mindy Kaling turns 30 today.
Socialite Fabiola Beracasa turns 33 today, a fact she'd undoubtedly rather not be reminded of. (Just do your best to age gracefully, Fab; your mom, Veronica, should not be your role model.) Also celebrating: Petra Nemcova turns 29, the number she'll probably be sticking to for many years to come. Former Governor George Pataki is 63. Newspaper editor and author Pete Hamill is 73. Beyonce's little sister, Solange, turns 22. Actress Sherry Stringfield is 41. And avant-garde dessert maestro Will Goldfarb will be 33 today.
They may not be able to agree on a design, a memorial, or even a proper timeline, but the wise folks behind the rebuilding of Ground Zero have come up with something that's even more important: a web site! That's right, the Post reports that the Mayor and the Governor will be joining forces to introduce the thing this morning:
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer caused a minor controversy with a recent (and unfavorable) comparison between upstate New York's economy and that of Appalachia. Governor George Pataki (yes, he's still there) took offense, claiming that "Appalachia doesn't have Empire Zones," which are New York State economic development programs. As it turns out, Appalachia does have Empire Zones since fourteen New York counties actually are part of Appalachia. Admit it, New Yorkers: You pretty much assumed upstate was like a scene from Deliverance all along, didn't you? Thank God we have The Times to confirm all our regional stereotypes.
So there are all these feel-good stories today letting us know that George Pataki is feeling hale and hearty and all of that. His brother-in-law says he looks "tremendous." His wife says he's coming along well. His spokesman says he's up and about and reading his email on a laptop. But no one is telling us the detail all his Empire State constituents must be dying to know: Can the governor shit yet?
NYT architecture critic Herbert Muschamp's distate for the Libeskind plan doesn't seem to be affecting official opinion. Mayor Mike and Governor Pataki both favor Libeskind, albeit not strongly, and Port Authority officials appear to be leaning the same way. Maybe the Anti-Muschamp letter writing campaign worked.
Support builds for one plan for trade center site [NYT]