Court Strikes Down NY Lieutenant Gov Appointment
August 20, 2009 - 3:45 PMA state appeals court has ruled that New York Gov. David Paterson's appointment of a lieutenant governor was unlawful.
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.
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