March 17th, 2010
02:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Another Paterson aide resigns amid controversy

Paterson's press secretary resigns, citing 'recent news stories.'
Paterson's press secretary resigns, citing 'recent news stories.'

(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson is losing yet another top staffer as the embattled Democrat faces an ethics investigation and an inquiry into whether he intervened in an assault case involving one of his aides.

Paterson's press secretary Marissa Shorenstein, who is accused of improperly contacting the woman at the center of the assault case, announced her resignation in a statement Wednesday.

"Due to the circumstances that have led to my unwitting involvement in recent news stories, I can no longer do my job effectively," Shorenstein said.

"Throughout my career I have performed my duties professionally and with integrity, basing my actions on what I believed to be true at the time."

Paterson's communications director Peter Kauffman resigned earlier this month. State Police Superindendent Harry Corbitt also stepped down, followed by his successor, Pedro J. Perez.

– CNN's Mary Snow contributed to this report


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March 9th, 2010
01:56 PM ET
5 years ago

Support for Paterson holding steady

According to a new poll, 68 percent of New York voters want Gov. David Paterson to stick out the rest of his term.
According to a new poll, 68 percent of New York voters want Gov. David Paterson to stick out the rest of his term.

(CNN) - What do New Yorkers want their scandal-tainted governor to do? Several polls taken in the past week or so offer conflicting results on whether voters want Gov. David Paterson to quit his office or finish out the remaining 10 months of his term.

According to the latest one, a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll released Tuesday, 68 percent of the state's registered voters want Paterson to stick it out, with 28 percent saying he should step down. The 68 percent who want Paterson to say in office is up 2 points from a Marist poll released a week ago.

"The jury is still out on Paterson in the court of public opinion until further information is known," says Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "In the short run, voters are giving him the benefit of the doubt."

A Siena College Research Institute survey released Monday indicated that 55 percent of New York State registered voters want Paterson to stick it out, with 37 percent calling on him to resign.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Friday suggested that New Yorkers were split, with 46 percent urging the Democratic governor to finish his term and 42 percent calling for the governor to step down. The 46 percent who said they wanted Paterson to stick it out was down 15 points from a Quinnipiac survey conducted days earlier.

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March 8th, 2010
09:55 AM ET
5 years ago

Polls results vary on whether Paterson should stay in office

 Do New Yorkers want embattled Gov. David Paterson to resign or finish out the remaining 10 months of his term in office?
Do New Yorkers want embattled Gov. David Paterson to resign or finish out the remaining 10 months of his term in office?

(CNN) - Do New Yorkers want embattled Gov. David Paterson to resign or finish out the remaining 10 months of his term in office? Two new polls offer conflicting results.

According to a Siena College Research Institute survey released Monday morning, 55 percent of New York State registered voters want Paterson to stick it out, with 37 percent calling on him to resign.

But a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday indicated that New Yorkers were split, with 46 percent urging the Democratic governor to finish his term and 42 percent calling for the governor to step down. The 46 percent who said they wanted Paterson to stick it out was down 15 points from a Quinnipiac survey conducted days earlier.

Late last month Paterson, who became governor in 2008 after Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace, said he would not seek a full term in office this year following reports that he had intervened in the case of a top aide who was accused of domestic violence against a woman. Paterson has said over the past week that he won't resign.

"I don't have any plans to resign," Paterson said Friday. "At a certain point, I will cooperate with the investigations and will be clearing my name."

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March 5th, 2010
03:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Paterson's vow: No plan to resign

New York Gov. David Paterson said again Friday that he would not resign his office.
New York Gov. David Paterson said again Friday that he would not resign his office.

(CNN) - New York Gov. David Paterson, who for the last several weeks has been the target of stinging reports in the press, said Friday that he will not resign.

"I don't have any plans to resign," Paterson said as he walked into his Manhattan office. "At a certain point, I will cooperate with the investigations and will be clearing my name."

Paterson again took a swipe at news outlets, which he did not name, that he says practice shoddy journalism.

"I think that people originally hearing about this thought that the governor should be allowed to clear his name," Paterson said. "But there have been a number of more articles with unsourced information. Rumors and innuendo and inaccurate information that when cobbled together over and over and over again, certainly have an effect."

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Filed under: David Paterson • New York
March 5th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Black leaders voice support for embattled N.Y. governor

New York (CNN) – Some prominent African-American leaders are opting to stand behind embattled New York Gov. David Paterson until the state attorney general completes a probe into charges that Paterson misused the power of his office.

Black leaders held an emergency summit Thursday night at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem to discuss the media firestorm and flailing public support that has ensnared Paterson.

Organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton and off-limits to reporters, the meeting was an attempt to gauge the temperature of participants. Comments from attendees outside the restaurant indicated the dominant emotions inside were sympathy and restraint.

State Sen. Eric Adams pointed to Paterson's 22 years of public service in New York and said unproven allegations should not lead to the governor's demise.

"We have a competent attorney general, and he's doing an investigation," Adams said on his way into the meeting. "Let him do his job. It's our job to make sure the budget gets done."

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Filed under: David Paterson • New York
March 4th, 2010
06:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Top Paterson aide quits

A top aide to Gov. David Paterson resigned Thursday.
A top aide to Gov. David Paterson resigned Thursday.

(CNN) – A top aide to embattled New York Gov. David Paterson has resigned his post.

Peter Kauffmann, Paterson's communications director for over a year, said in a statement, "I cannot in good conscience continue in my current position."

Kauffmann's resignation comes a day after New York's Commission on Public Integrity charged Paterson with an ethics violation for accepting free tickets to the first game of last year's World Series. The commission also said Paterson lied under oath about intending to pay for the tickets.

The governor, appointed after ex-Gov. Elliot Spitzer resigned in March 2008, announced last week he was forgoing a bid for his own term after media reports alleged he was involved in pressuring a woman to drop a domestic violence charge against an aide.

"I have been honored to serve the people of New York during a difficult time in our state's history. As a former officer in the United States Navy, integrity and commitment to public service are values I take seriously," Kauffmann also said in the statement.

Kauffman, a former consultant with the Washington, D.C.-based Glover Park Group, signed on with Paterson in February 2009 after the governor was criticized over his handling of the state's vacant Senate seat.

– CNN's Mary Snow contributed to this report


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March 3rd, 2010
01:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Paterson facing ethics violation

 New York Gov. David Paterson is facing an ethics violation.
New York Gov. David Paterson is facing an ethics violation.

New York (CNN) – New York's Commission on Public Integrity is charging Gov. David Paterson with an ethics violation for accepting free tickets to last year's World Series, a commission spokesman said Wednesday.

Walter Ayres said that the commission found that Paterson violated the state's ban on gifts for public officials in accepting the tickets.

Paterson, who announced last week that he would not run for election to a full term, has faced controversy since news reports emerged charging that his aide was involved in a domestic violence incident with a woman and that state police later allegedly pressured her to keep quiet.

Paterson has asked New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a possible contender for the governor's office, to investigate the matter.


Filed under: 2010 • David Paterson • New York
March 3rd, 2010
10:14 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Should Paterson resign?

For the second straight day, a poll of New York State voters indicates they don't want Gov. David Paterson to resign.
For the second straight day, a poll of New York State voters indicates they don't want Gov. David Paterson to resign.

(CNN) - For the second straight day, a poll of New York State voters indicates they don't want Gov. David Paterson to resign, but support for the embattled governor to stick it out in office appears to be dropping.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday morning, 61 percent of people questioned say Paterson should finish out his term, which runs through the end of this year, with 31 percent calling for him to step down, in the wake of a political scandal that ended his hopes of running for a full term in office.

A Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Tuesday morning indicated that 66 percent of New York State registered voters don't think Paterson should resign, with 28 percent of those questioned in the poll saying Paterson should step down.

Paterson announced Friday that he would not run for a full term this year. His announcement came in the wake of news reports that one of his top aides was involved in a domestic violence incident with a woman and that state police later pressured the woman to keep quiet. Paterson has asked New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a probable Democratic contender for the governor's office, to investigate the matter. Paterson has suspended the aide accused of domestic violence, David Johnson, without pay.

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Filed under: David Paterson
March 2nd, 2010
11:44 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Should Paterson resign?

(CNN) - Two-thirds of New York State voters don't want Gov. David Paterson to resign but most question his ability to govern, according to a new poll.

A Marist College Institute for Public Opinion survey released Tuesday morning indicates that 66 percent of New York State registered voters don't think Paterson should resign in wake of a political scandal that ended his hopes of running this year for a full term in office. Twenty-eight percent of those questioned in the poll say Paterson should step down.

The poll was conducted on Monday, March 1, two days after Paterson announced that he would not run for a full term. His announcement came in the wake of news reports that one of his top aides was involved in a domestic violence incident with a woman and that state police later pressured the woman to keep quiet. Paterson has asked New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a possible Democratic contender for the governor's office, to investigate the matter. Paterson has suspended the aide accused of domestic violence, David Johnson, without pay.

Paterson Friday denied any wrongdoing, claiming that he has "never abused (the governor's) office, not now, not ever."

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March 1st, 2010
11:44 AM ET
5 years ago

Embattled New York governor says he won't resign

New York Gov. David Paterson said Monday he would not resign from office.
New York Gov. David Paterson said Monday he would not resign from office.

New York (CNN) – Troubled New York Democratic Gov. David Paterson, who recently abandoned his quest for a full term, said Monday he will not resign his office. He also asserted that he retains enough authority to effectively govern one of the country's largest states for his remaining 10 months in power.

Paterson announced last Friday that he would not run for a full term. His announcement came in the wake of news reports that one of his top aides was involved in a domestic violence incident with a woman and that state police later pressured the woman to keep quiet.

Paterson has asked New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a possible Democratic contender for the governor's office, to investigate the matter.

"I would think (resignation is) off the table," Paterson said at a question-and-answer session with reporters sponsored by the New York Observer. "In terms of authority of power, I have the power."

Paterson said "there is a hysteria I have been the victim of the past month. ... I find the whole discussion to be very remote from the issues we are facing right now."

New York, like many states, is facing a major budget crisis as a result of the economic downturn.

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