Former Gov. David Paterson joked he would have preferred just a state Assembly and no Senate, even though he kind words today for the Independent Democratic Conference.

Paterson, the state’s first and only visually impaired governor, was back in Albany today to help honor the New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.

The Democrat has had his share of issues with the Senate when he was office, with a protracted leadership coup tying up action in the chamber after he assumed office when Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in the wake of a prostitution scandal.

Paterson said he preferred the two-party system as opposed to the current coalition set up in the chamber, but did compliment the IDC for being issue-based.

“I think generally speaking the two party system is better most of the time when you’ve had these groups of people weaving back and forth between Republicans and Democrats,” Paterson said. ”But I would say this particular IDC with Senator Klein has made it more issue based than before so I certainly respect their effort.”

Paterson said that so far it doesn’t seem the coalition has fallen into being a completely political pact and said both sides have “done very well.”

“I don’t 100 percent agree with it, but I think they have really forced both sides to deal with some issues that they think are important,” he said. ”In that regard, where this usually turns into a totally political pact, they’ve done very well.”

And given the choices of a Democratic-led, Republican-controlled or IDC-GOP hybrid, Paterson said he just would prefer to not have a Senate at all as governor.

“When I was governor I would have preferred there was no Senate — just a unicameral Assembly and we have done fine,” he said with a laugh.

Paterson again derided the caliber of state lawmakers elected today, blaming them for the growing number of corruption scandals. He said there’s more money in politics than before and that’s hindered Democratic and Republican cooperation.

 ”We used to get together with my Republican colleagues and have dinner and talk about issues and it created a bonding,” he said. “You see very little of that now because we spend so much of our time raising money to fight each other.”

Watch Video Here >> (TWC ID required)

YNN.com Video