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Court Upholds Richard Ravitch Appointment

Court Upholds Richard Ravitch Appointment

New York’s top court has upheld Gov. David Paterson’s power to appoint a lieutenant governor, reversing a lower court’s decision. Paterson’s lawyers argued that a provision of state law allows the governor to fill vacancies, including Paterson’s July 8 appointment of Richard Ravitch. Paterson tapped Ravitch to help break a monthlong Senate leadership struggle. Senate [...]

Court to Hear Arguments on Ravitch Appointment

Court to Hear Arguments on Ravitch Appointment

An appeals court is set to hear arguments Tuesday on whether New York Gov. David Paterson’s appointment of a lieutenant governor was legitimate. Senate Republicans say Paterson’s appointment of longtime government adviser Richard Ravitch was unconstitutional. Lawyers for the Democratic governor say state law allowed Paterson to fill the post until the next election. The [...]

Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch Can Serve During Dispute

Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch Can Serve During Dispute

An appeals court has ruled that Richard Ravitch can keep serving as New York’s lieutenant governor during a legal fight over his appointment – but he can’t preside over the state Senate. Thursday’s Appellate Division ruling leaves Ravitch in place at least until an Aug. 18 hearing on the dispute over the appointment. The Senate is [...]

Judge Stays Injunction Against Paterson’s Pick for Lieutenant Governor

Judge Stays Injunction Against Paterson’s Pick for Lieutenant Governor

A judge has at least temporarily stopped a restraining order blocking Richard Ravitch from serving as New York Gov. David Paterson’s lieutenant governor. Justice Pricilla Hall of the Appellate Division Second Department in Brooklyn on Wednesday stayed an injunction issued the day before. Both sides believe the case will ultimately reach the New York state [...]

NY Court to Decide if Ravitch Appointment is Legal

NY Court to Decide if Ravitch Appointment is Legal

A judge will decide whether it was legal for New York Gov. David Paterson to appoint a lieutenant governor. Arguments are to be heard Friday in state Supreme Court on Long Island. On Thursday, a different judge overturned a restraining order obtained by Republicans trying to block Richard Ravitch from taking office. Paterson wanted Ravitch [...]

Governor Says Ravitch Won’t Preside over Special Senate Session

Governor Says Ravitch Won’t Preside over Special Senate Session

New York Gov. David Paterson says his new lieutenant governor won’t immediately preside over a special Senate session because pending legal action has muddied the situation. A judge in Nassau County issued a temporary restraining order overnight barring former Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Richard Ravitch from taking over as lieutenant governor. Republicans say the order [...]

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