Paterson certainly has some stones in going after School cash but something has to be done about the cluster**** of a budget the state has.

Governor Paterson, calling the lawsuit a "desperate attempt by special interests", says he had no choice but to withhold a total of $750 million dollars in payments, because New York is running out of money. He said the plaintiffs had "stuck their heads in the sand", and said he believes he does have the legal right to withhold the money, under a 1995 provision that says the budget director must first certify that there's enough money in the state's treasury to make the payments specified in the budget.
WXXI: Education Groups Take Paterson to Court Over Budget Cuts (2009-12-16)