Court Strikes Down NY Lieutenant Gov Appointment
A Brooklyn-based appellate panel on Thursday upheld a constitutional challenge brought by the state Senate's minority leader.
On July 8, the Democratic governor tapped longtime government adviser Richard Ravitch for the post in a bid to break up a Senate leadership logjam.
Paterson says state law allowed the appointment. Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos says the state constitution did not.
The court says no state law or constitutional provision allows the lieutenant governor's post to be filled by anything but an election.