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I want to take a moment to thank the members of the Daily Kos community for the comments, encouragement, and ideas that you have shared with me in the few short months since I began participating on this site.  I've felt the appreciation, taken some heat, and, as a result, I am starting to feel like a real blogger.

Your comments and thoughts help give me, and my staff, a sense of what's really going on in your lives, and I'm thankful to everyone who has written both via the website and in the diary comments. They have been immensely helpful.

Unfortunately, my demanding schedule doesn't allow me to spend the time that I'd like to responding to the many, many comments that I receive through my website and on my diaries (though I do try to do my   best). But we're facing some tough times and we've got big questions that need answers, so I wanted to try to do a little more to address the comments and questions that users of this community have had.

To that end, next Thursday evening, January 22nd, at 6pm EST, I will be holding a conference call and inviting everyone who has submitted a comment through my website.  Over 1500 people have taken the initiative to write to me, and I want to attempt to address as many of the most-received comments and questions as I can.

But I also want to invite the members of this community to participate, because you have been as active and supportive as those who have written directly through my site, and I appreciate the insight that you have provided both myself and my staff.

So, if you are a DailyKos reader or commenter and would like to listen to my call (to be moderated by Daily Kos' ownNYBri, by the way), please go to the Your Voice page of my website and fill out the form. Simply mention Daily Kos in the comment area, so that we know where you came from.

We're also still taking additional questions, so if you have something you would like to know or hear discussed, please be sure to include it or post it in the comments.

On Wednesday, January 7th, I delivered by State of the State address and laid out my agenda for the year ahead.  I want to continue that process by addressing the questions and providing additional details on my proposals directly to the people of New York and to the members of this community who have welcomed me so kindly.

I'll talk to you on Thursday.  I hope that you can attend.

Governor David A. Paterson

PS-- Because of line limitations, we're opening up participation to Kos readers only until Monday, January 19 at midnight PST; you'll get an email shortly before the call with call-in information. Click here to attend. Please recommend so that as many people as possible can see this.

Originally posted to Governor David A Paterson on Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 09:12 AM PST.

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