Washington (CNN) - Beginning Saturday and continuing over the next few weeks, some of the nation's most prominent governors will be leaving office as a new crop of state chief executives are sworn in.
Among the more well-known governors who will be leaving office: - Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Charlie Crist of
Florida, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Mark Sanford of South Carolina - Democrats Bill Richardson of New Mexico, David Paterson of New York, Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Ted Strickland of Ohio and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan.
New York (CNN) - A New York state ethics board has fined Gov. David A. Paterson $62,125 for "soliciting, accepting and receiving" five free World Series tickets from the New York Yankees in 2009.
Patterson said he had "always intended to pay for the tickets," a claim later found to be false, according to a written statement Monday from the state's Commission on Public Integrity.
(CNN) – Now that David Paterson's tenure in Albany is coming to an end, what grade does the New York Democrat's rocky governorship deserve?
He says a slightly-higher-than-average "B-."
"Some things went well, some things went not so well," Paterson told the New York Times. "It was a privilege. It was an honor. I would serve. I would do it again."
New York (CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson says he'd like to discuss plans for an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero in Manhattan with its developers to see whether a compromise site can be found.
"If people put their heads together, maybe we could find a site that's away from the site now but still serves the ... area. That would be a noble gesture to those who live in the area who suffered after the attack on this country, and at the same time would probably in many ways change a lot of people's minds about Islam, which is really a peaceful religion practiced by peace-loving people," Paterson told CNN's "Larry King Live" on Wednesday.
Paterson had been scheduled to meet with the center's builders Monday, but the meeting was postponed because developer Sharif el-Gamal was traveling.
"We're hoping to get together, but only if they want to get together," Paterson said. "There's no attempt at pressure or coercion here. I'd just like to talk about what might be a magic moment in our history."
(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson called Rep. Peter King Tuesday to inform the New York Republican of his plans to meet with leaders of a controversial Islamic center and mosque "to discuss plans to move to an alternate site" later this week, a spokesman for King tells CNN.
King's spokesman did not have any more details on the meeting, and did not know whether these leaders would be interested in relocating.
Paterson called King after the governor heard him on the John Gambling radio show Tuesday morning discussing a proposal that Paterson suggested last week for possibly finding another site. According to King's spokesman, the congressman said on the radio show that he thought Paterson's plans "made the most sense."
– CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report
(CNN) - A former aide to New York Gov. David Paterson, whose alleged attack on a former girlfriend led to cover-up allegations against the governor, has been charged with assault, authorities said Thursday.
The charges against David Johnson relate to the October 2009 non-fatal incident during which Johnson allegedly choked his girlfriend.
Johnson will be arraigned Thursday, according to Steven Reed, a spokesman for the Bronx District Attorney's Office.
In July, a retired judge tasked by the New York Attorney General to investigate the incident and its alleged cover-up recommended charges against Johnson, but not Paterson.
(CNN) – New York Gov. David Paterson should not face charges involving alleged attempts to cover up domestic violence claims against a former aide, a retired judge appointed to investigate Paterson's actions concluded in a report issued Wednesday.
The report said Paterson was guilty of "errors of judgment" but committed no crime.
Judge Judith Kaye, a former chief judge of the state appellate court, investigated whether Paterson interfered in the domestic violence case involving David Johnson, a former top aide.
In her report, Kaye said police officials and Paterson made some mistakes in handling the October 31 case involving Johnson and his girlfriend but broke no laws.
(CNN) - The New York Times is contesting Gov. David Paterson's claim he was the paper's source for a recent story that ultimately led to an ethics investigation, the departure of top aides, and the abandonment of his election bid.
Paterson told New York radio station WOR Thursday that he was the person who informed the Times he interceded in an assault case involving his aide, David Johnson.
Related: I was NYT source, Paterson said
But in a blog post Thursday, Times reporters Danny Hakim and Nicholas Confessore say that's not true.
"In the course of reporting, The Times learned that the governor had called Ms. Booker, but that information did not come from the governor," wrote Hakim and Confessore.
The Times reporters also said the governor's office only acknowledged Paterson made the phone call after the paper informed them it had learned of the communication.
"The administration subsequently clarified that the call took place on Feb. 7, but it did so only after being told that The Times was aware that a telephone conversation between the governor and Ms. Booker had taken place," the reporters wrote.
New York (CNN) – New York Gov. David Paterson said he was the source of information for the story that led to an ethics investigation and the departure of five top members of his administration.
While appearing on WOR radio in New York this morning, Paterson told talk show host John Gambling that he was the person who informed the press that he interceded in an assault case involving his aide, David Johnson.
In an awkward exchange filled with moments of uncomfortable silence, Gambling said the situation "might not have come out if we didn't have the press write the story about this, right?" Paterson responded, "No, that's actually not true, that's actually not true."
After a few seconds of silence, Gambling asked, "Ummm, why?" Paterson said, "Uh, well, I don't want to go into it but the person who informed others that there was such a conversation was me." Sounding surprised, Gambling asked, "You informed the news?" The governor said, "Correct. That's all I'm going to say about it. And it's not my surmise. It's an actual fact. But the individual who first made it clear that there had been a conversation was myself."
NEW YORK (CNN) - Gov. David Paterson's press secretary resigned on Wednesday, the latest high-profile resignation in an administration embroiled in controversy over a domestic violence case.
Marissa Shorenstein wrote in a short statement that, "Due to the circumstances that have led to my unwitting involvement in recent news stories, I can no longer do my job effectively."
The Democratic governor has been losing staff since news reports emerged alleging an aide was involved in a domestic violence incident with a woman and that state police later allegedly pressured the woman to keep quiet. The aide, David Johnson, has been suspended without pay.
Paterson reportedly asked Shorenstein to contact the alleged assault victim, Sherr-una Booker.
The New York Times said that Paterson, "instructed Ms. Shorenstein to ask Ms. Booker to publicly describe the episode as nonviolent, a description that contradicted Ms. Booker's accounts to the police and in court."
Since reports about the assault surfaced, resignations in the administration include Harry Corbitt, head of state police, and Peter Kauffmann, the director of communications.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has appointed an independent counsel to oversee two investigations of Paterson, who also has been accused of lying about his intentions to pay for World Series tickets.
Paterson's office said Morgan Hook, his former upstate press secretary, will take the director of communications post.
The governor's office said Shorenstein's announcement does not reflect the atmosphere in the administration.
"We're focused on passing a responsible budget," Hook said. "The governor is continuing to move forward."
Darren Dopp, the former communications director for Gov. Eliot Spitzer, said Shorenstein began her career with Spitzer as a press officer. After Spitzer's undoing, Shorenstein remained in the office and worked for Paterson.
Shorenstein declined further comment on Wednesday.