Fight Brewing Over Ravitch

Lawyers for Gov. David Paterson are due back in court to defend last week's appointment of Richard Ravitch as New York's lieutenant governor.

The appointment was a bid to break a leadership deadlock in the state Senate.

The move appeared to succeed. Rebel Democratic Sen. Pedro Espada dropped a month-long affiliation with Senate Republicans and returned to his party.

That ended a month-long stalemate in the statehouse. But it set off the court fight over Ravitch's appointment.

A Senate attorney contends the appointment of Ravitch is unconstitutional. Paterson's lawyer says the governor is within his rights.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday afternoon in Nassau County, home to Republican Dean Skelos, the Senate minority leader.

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