Judge Blocks "Lt. Gov." Ravitch From Doing Anything; Paterson Appeals
There has been much Constitutional contention over the appointment with Paterson's lawyers claiming he had the right to appoint Ravitch and attorney general Andrew Cuomo claiming he did not. When Paterson said he was going to go ahead anyway, former Albany Coup conspirators Dean Skelos and Espada rushed to the Republican-friendly LaMarca in Republican Nassau County to get a temporary restraining order against it, but Ravitch was sworn in secretly at Peter Luger. The issue then became Ravitch's assumption of duties, and last night's ruling pushes the matter to Appeal Court, where Paterson's forces will sue for his installment.