More Paterson Revalations And The Accidental Lieutenant

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Last week  in my post I said that “if Paterson as well as his State Police protection intimated a victim of domestic violence, I think impeachment needs to be used in this situation if he will not resign.”  Today we are getting more and more indication that Paterson used state resources to engage in what may well be obstruction of justice. It is important to note, as the Times does, that “the governor’s state of knowledge about the alleged assault and personal involvement in the administration’s handling of it have remained murky.” Either way though, Paterson spoke with the woman, and now at least four state employees spoke directly with her about the case, some of them under Paterson’s direct “orders.”

You can see the The New York Post’s reporting here.

The Daily News is reporting that Paterson might be a little distant from the reality of the circumstance:

In Gov. Paterson’s world, he’s the victim.

In his first comments since pulling the plug last Friday on his election bid, Paterson insisted “there is a hysteria that I’ve been a victim of.”

In reality, Paterson and the state police are under investigation for contacting a woman who accused his top aide, David Johnson, of slapping her around last Halloween.

This seems about the time that we should ask: who is Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch? Fortunately, the New York Times thought ahead and wrote The Accidental Lieutenant, a profile on Ravtich, this weekend. He seems like a very smart guy, not someone who would get elected, but someone who could serve as a steward of the state for the rest of the term, if need be. A good summary of his career from the middle of the article:

“My disability is my strength,” Mr. Ravitch said at one upbeat moment during several days of meetings and conversations earlier this month. “I’m not a candidate for anything.”

A THROWBACK to a time when wise men ruled New York — bankers like David Rockefeller, financiers like Felix Rohatyn, labor bosses like Albert Shanker — Mr. Ravitch has been a fixture for half a century in liberal politics, real estate and Jewish philanthropy, not to mention the pages of the city’s newspapers. As head of his family’s construction company, he built Waterside Plaza and Manhattan Plaza. As a confidant of Gov. Hugh L. Carey, he rescued the state’s Urban Development Corporation from bankruptcy and helped the city avoid default.

Mayor Edward I. Koch dubbed him a Cassandra in the 1970s, but Mr. Ravitch was seldom ignored. As chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the 1980s, he plugged deficits, updated the subway fleet, created the Metro-North Railroad and survived strikes and assassination attempts. He quit after clashing with Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, but never faded away, leading the city’s Charter Revision Commission, negotiating for Major League Baseball’s owners, buying and selling the Bowery Savings Bank.