The Governor's administration is engulfed in a scandal involving allegations of interference in a domestic violence dispute involving a top aide to the Governor. This bombshell story was reported in the New York Times this week (here). The interference allegations involve the State Police and the Governor himself.
Speculation abounds whether the Governor will resign from office. If he does, the appointed Lieutenant Governor, Richard Ravitch, will assume office. My own view is that such speculation is very premature and that a Paterson resignation is highly unlikely, at least in the near term.
The matter involving interference in this domestic violence dispute will be under investigation by the state Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo (who also is widely expected to run for Governor). Barring clear and convincing evidence of wrongdoing by the Governor (which likely would not be know for weeks or months), he will serve out his term of office which expires this December 31st.
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