News Coverage on Lieutenant Governor
Paterson Picks M.T.A. Figure as His No. 2Danny Hakim
The New York State Constitution not provide for a method of filling a vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Governor. The Constitution also does not fix the size of the State Senate, but provides that the Lieutenant Governor "shall be the president of the senate but shall have only a casting vote therein." (Article IV, §6). In 2009, a perfect storm appeared where there was both a vacancy in the Lieutenant Governor's Office, and a deadlock (31-31) in the Senate. Governor David Patterson appointed Richard Ravitch to the office of Lieutenant Governor to solve this problem.