February in New York has produced a blizzard of political upheavals as rumors swirl around Gov. David Paterson, two politicians’ careers may be finished, and a special election cements a political dynasty.

With the state facing a $7.4 billion deficit in fiscal 2011, Paterson has been distracted by rumors of a bombshell story from the New York Times that appears to have fizzled and questions about his selection of Aqueduct Entertainment Group to operate a video lottery terminal facility at Aqueduct Racetrack.

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