Judge delays ruling on lt. gov. post again

(AP) - A judge has postponed a decision on whetherGov. David Paterson's appointment of Richard Ravitch as New York'slieutenant governor is constitutional.

State Supreme Court Justice William LaMarca heard argumentsWednesday from attorneys for the governor, who contend Paterson waswithin his rights.

Attorneys for two state senators opposed to the appointment alsopresented their case, contending there is no wording in the stateconstitution that allows for the appointment of a lieutenantgovernor.

LaMarca did not indicate when he might rule.

Paterson made the appointment last week as a way to break aleadership deadlock in the Senate. Paterson was elected lieutenantgovernor in 2006, but ascended to the governor's office in March2008 after Gov. Eliot Spitzer became enmeshed in a sex scandal.

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