NY Court Backs Paterson In Lieutenant Gov. Pick

Law360, New York (September 22, 2009, 7:48 PM EDT) -- Overturning several previous opinions, New York's highest court in a 4-3 decision Tuesday ruled that Gov. David Paterson had exercised appropriate authority in appointing former Metropolitan Transit Authority boss Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor in July.

Writing in the affirmative, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York Court of Appeals reversed the previous appellate opinion that found the governor's appointment of Ravitch unlawful, stating that the state Constitution and state statutes do, in fact, provide for the action, adding that a reading in opposition could...
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