Judge issues order suspending Ravitch appointment
ALBANY 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.