NEW YORK - Gov. David Paterson says he's in no rush to name a replacement for Sen. Hillary Clinton, regardless of the drama others inspire.

Paterson, speaking in Harlem yesterday, said that those urging a speedy selection should refrain from gossip.

But he says, "I feel less anxiety over the choice because in two years the public will, in a special election, determine who is the senator."

Anticipation has swirled around the selection ever since Caroline Kennedy decided to seek appointment to the seat once held by her slain uncle. *