Paterson observes Good Friday in White Plains

Thousands of Christians from all over Westchester came together in White Plains in observance of Good Friday. Among those in attendance was Gov. David Paterson.

Despite recent polls showing a low approval rating throughout the state, Paterson was well-received at Friday night?s services at the Westchester County Center.

"We have all suffered, but many in the last year have suffered more than ever in a very long time,? Paterson said addressing the crowd. He spoke of the rising unemployment rate and also touched on the recent rash of violence throughout the country, including the shooting at an American Civic Association center in Binghamton. Bishop Wayne Powell, of the Strait Gate Church in Mamaroneck, attempted to show the possible silver lining of the recession.

"The economic crisis is bringing people back to a spiritual relationship with God,? Powell said. ?One of the things people receive from church is hope."Before leaving the podium, two pastors took Paterson by the hands and sent him off with a blessing.

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