Articles on the Constitution by Sewell Chan
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
n a stunning reversal, New York State’s highest court on Tuesday upheld Gov. David A. Paterson‘s authority to appoint a lieutenant governor.Though the decision was divided — four judges agreed that Mr. Paterson exercised proper...
The New York State Constitution does not provide for if and how a vacancy inthe office Lieutenant Governor should be filled. When Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned and David Paterson became Governor, the issue was raised over if the Governor had the authority to appoint his replacement. The court case affirment that the governor does have this right, it is a matter that customarily would be adressed in the State Constitution.