Lt. Governor's Appointment on the Line

Hearing scheduled for today in Brooklyn

Tuesday, Aug 18, 2009  |  Updated 7:15 AM EDT
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Lt. Governor's Appointment on the Line

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Governor Paterson is standing by his man, Richard Ravitch.

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An appeals court is set to hear arguments 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 hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Brooklyn.

The Appellate Division has ruled that Ravitch can serve as New York's lieutenant governor during the legal dispute but can't preside over the Senate.

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