March 18th, 2010
01:05 AM ET
4 years ago

New York Gov. Paterson's press secretary resigns

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.


Filed under: David Paterson
March 5th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
4 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
February 10th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Authorities: Man who threatened Clinton's office arrested

New York (CNN) –Leeland Eisenberg, who authorities say held Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign office hostage in 2007, was arrested peacefully at his home in Dover, New Hampshire Wednesday morning, sheriff's officials said.

Eisenberg, who was on probation, had been on the lam for about 24 hours after managing to sever his GPS tracking bracelet at his home, said sheriff's officials.

"It was good old-fashioned police work," said Capt. Joe DiGregorio, from the Strafford County Sheriff's office. "People who escape often return to places that they're comfortable. Mr. Eisenberg seems to be no different."

Since 10:10 a.m. ET Tuesday, when the Department of Corrections received a tamper alert from Eisenberg's GPS bracelet, state agencies and local law enforcement have been searching for him, said Thomas Velardi, the Strafford County attorney.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton