Scandal

Another Paterson Hand Resigns

In recent months, New York Gov. David Paterson is said to have been increasingly shut off from his staff; so maybe he won’t notice if everyone around him resigns? Paterson’s communications director, Peter Kauffmann, stepped down Thursday. "Unfortunately, as recent developments have come to light, I cannot in good conscience continue in my position," he said. Kauffmann’s testimony was critical in an ethics panel’s finding that Paterson and aides illegally obtained World Series tickets. So far, the superintendent of the state police and the assistant secretary to the governor for criminal justice have also resigned. Paterson’s political supporters are meeting today to open talks on whether the he should resign. One guest who will be attending the discussion said “‘I don’t see how’ Paterson can keep his job.”