Top Paterson Aide, On Leave Since February, Is Fired


David “DJ” Johnson, the top aide to Gov. David Paterson who became embroiled in a domestic-abuse case, left state service on Nov. 19.

The New York Times reported earlier today that Johnson, who was arrested following a fight with his girlfriend last Halloween and has been on unpaid leave since Feb. 25, was formally off the state payroll last month.

The incident and Paterson’s subsequent involvement in speaking with Johnson’s girlfriend, torpedoed any hopes the outgoing Democratic held for running for a full term. Johnson was also responsible for securing free tickets for Paterson and several friends to attend a World Series game at Yankee Stadium.

The Commission on Public Integrity is expected to rule whether Paterson broke the public officers’ law for accepting the free tickets from the Yankees, who lobby state government.

Johnson, who has been in the state workforce for 10 years as Paterson’s body man, rose to a prominent position in his administration. In the last year of state service Johnson was making $132,000 a year.

Johnson is due back in court for sentencing in the case Jan. 5.


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  1. David Paterson is finally getting Johnson off the public payroll.

    Paterson has simply been a joke of a governor. He simply has no ability to govern. In fact, “The Democratic Conference: Organizational and Operational Structure Report” is an eyewitness account of Paterson’s DYSFUNCTIONAL governing nature while Senate Minority Leader.

    Paterson’s office was criticized for PATRONAGE, LACK OF LEADERSHIP, INDECISIVENESS and INFIGHTING, in other words the office was a ZOO. Those interviewed in the report indicated that its chief of staff the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey had no management skills, was neglectful in his duties – often boozing it up with staff and coming to the office with a hangover – and should be relieved of his position.

    Amazingly, for running such a DYSFUNCTIONAL CHAOTIC office, the disorganized Michael Jones-Bey was picked by Paterson to mismanage the MWBE program at Empire State Development Corporation.

    That is the Paterson way – being rewarded for your incompetence.