State's high court affirms Ravitch appointment

Ravitch and Paterson

Richard Ravitch and David Paterson back in July when the appointment was first announced.

New York State now has a lieutenant governor.

The state Court of Appeals (New York's highest court) ruled today that David Paterson did have the authority to appoint Richard Ravitch to the vacant job.

Writes Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman in the 4-3 majority decision:

The issue on this appeal is whether the Governor of the State of New York has the authority to fill a vacancy in the office of Lieutenant-Governor by appointment. We now hold that he does.

The decision goes on to argue that the post of lieutenant governor falls under "a catch-all" provision of state law that allows the governor to make appointments for positions that don't otherwise have rules laid out for their replacement (lieutenant governor being one of these jobs).

From the dissent, written by Judge Eugene Pigott:

Under the majority's rationale, the possibility exists that the citizens of this State will one day find themselves governed by a person who has never been subjected to scrutiny by the electorate, and who could in turn appoint his or her own unelected Lieutenant-Governor.

photo: ny.gov

Comments

Coup!!!

Hey, Judge Pigott, Gerald Ford is on line one.

Dear Judge Pigott,
The fact that that a law is poorly written or has consequences with which you do not agree, does not invalidate it. Should the people of NY determine they are unhappy with such a situation, they do have the power to change that law, both through their elected officials as well as through the calling of a Constitutional Convention.

If you thought the recent Senate deadlock was entertaining, think about what a NY Constitutional Convention would be like. GAK!

@bb Good one!

"Write It When I'm Gone" Thomas DeFrank was given virtually complete access to Gerald Ford's life for over 30 years. Proviso was the title of this biography published in 2007. So much more - and very positive - of Gerald Ford presented than the stumbles etc.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Lunch at Sweet Sue's

If you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, neither should you judge a restaurant by the sign in the window. Sweet Sue's on River... (more)

Help with kitchen renovation design?

M. messages: We are thinking about doing a kitchen renovation. Got the contractor, got a "look" picked out, but kind of clueless about the actual... (more)

Albany I Spy: Center Square

It lives: The Albany I Spy scavenger hunt from Albany Archives and the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau is returning for a second year,... (more)

Morning Blend

Sara Moore -- the home health care aide accused of killing the man she'd been hired to care for at home off New Scotland Ave... (more)

The Northeast, upper Midwest, and the South... uh, really?

The map above is via Quartz. And it's based on the work of a linguistic researcher who sifted through millions of Twitter posts looking for... (more)

Recent Comments

... [T]he primary issue is that no one uses intersections correctly as it is, drivers or pedestrians. It's as simple as "pedestrians have the right of way in the crosswalk, so don't act like a jerk and try to run them over when they're in it" for drivers and "wait for the walk signal and cross at crosswalks so you don't hold up traffic like an idiot/get killed" for pedestrians. ...

Help with kitchen renovation design?

...has 1 comment, most recently from chrisck

Morning Blend for Sep 16

...has 2 comments, most recently from -R.

In-between places: Waterford

...has 4 comments, most recently from Greg

The week ahead

...has 3 comments, most recently from jen fuller

City Line Bar and Grill

...has 9 comments, most recently from Bullwinkle