Just in case you didn’t get the message from his SNL appearance, Gov. David Paterson has released a statement reiterating his message that making fun of blind people is wrong and touting his accomplishments as governor in spite of his own disability.

Paterson’s tenure has been decidedly rocky, and whatever success he has managed to achieve in keeping the state out of the red is greatly overshadowed by the David Johnson/domestic violence scandal that led him to drop his plan to run for the office he inherited in the wake of Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal and ongoing Yankees tickets investigation that will likely far outlast his brief stint in the governor’s office.

A reader also reminded me of the fact that SNL creator and head honcho Lorne Michaels is a friend of Caroline Kennedy, and the show’s repeated send-ups of the governor were speculated to be payback for his treatment of her during the battle for Hillary Clinton’s US Senate seat (which eventually went to former Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand).

Apparently, Michaels has decided to let bygones be bygones, now that Paterson is about to leave office. Here’s the governor’s statement, in which he says he’s “grateful” to Michaels, Seth Myers and the SNL producers for “giving me the opportunity last night to deliver that serious message with humor”:

“As I said last night, while I have a good sense of humor, jokes that degrade people solely for their disability are sophomoric and stupid. Any suggestion – be it intentional or otherwise – that a disability would impede one from being a competent and contributing member of our society is damaging to an entire population in this country.”

“My own disability has not prevented me from doing everything in my power to successfully protect the fiscal integrity of New York. In the last two and a half years, I have balanced the budget, closed $42 billion in deficit, protected the State’s credit rating and never passed out an IOU.”

“I am grateful to Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, and the producers of Saturday Night Live for giving me the opportunity last night to deliver that serious message with humor.”