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(The Ithaca Journal) — From fixing state finances and reining in pension costs to reforming off-track betting operations, Gov. David Paterson will leave Albany with considerable work undone. But in an exit interview of sorts Wednesday with editorial board members of several upstate New York newspapers, the state’s first African-American governor and first legally blind governor reflected on tough decisions made in tough times, his achievements, setbacks and what lies ahead. “I realized early on the decisions I made were not going to be popular,” Paterson said during the 90-minute sit-down at the Democrat and Chronicle offices in Rochester. “I kind of knew in the back of my mind, it’s going to be hard to get re-elected.”

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