Three days after awarding a lucrative state contract to a company connected to the Rev. Floyd H. Flake, one of New York’s most influential black pastors, Gov. David A. Paterson summoned Mr. Flake to his Harlem office Monday morning and sounded him out about his political support.
Mr. Flake said in an interview that while the two men discussed whom he might back in the governor’s race this year, there had been no quid pro quo and no commitment about a formal endorsement. He also said it was his first conversation with Mr. Paterson since he was sworn in nearly two years ago.