Judge issues order suspending Ravitch appointment

Thursday, July 9, 2009
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— Republicans say they’ve secured a court order suspending Gov. David Paterson’s plan to appoint a lieutenant governor to preside over the gridlocked New York Senate.

GOP Senate spokesman John McArdle said today that a judge in Nassau County issued the order overnight. He says it temporarily suspends Paterson’s plan to have Richard Ravitch provide a tie-breaking vote and preside over the Senate.

The governor’s office did not immediately return a call for comment.

Ravitch says he was sworn in at 8 p.m. Wednesday, hours after Paterson made the surprise appointment long thought to be constitutionally prohibited.

The Senate has been gridlocked since a June 8 coup by a Republican-dominated coalition over the Democratic conference that thought it won the majority.

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July 9, 2009
12:44 p.m.
gino45 says...

If we re-elect these clowns in the senate, we should have our heads examined.

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