In small hamlets in upstate New York, a loose network of activists is waging a guerrilla campaign not with improvised explosive devices or rocket-propelled grenades, but with zoning ordinances and petitions.
New York Gov. David Paterson, who took the state's top post after Eliot Spitzer stepped down amid a prostitution scandal in March 2008, announced Friday that he won't continue his campaign for election this November -- a development that comes as Paterson is caught up in a scandal of his own. Now, who's up for the job?
New York wasn't able to go as far as even Iowa, as the New York State Senate shot down a bill Wednesday that would have made same-sex marriage legal in the Empire State. Not one Republican in the Albany chamber supported the bill, which was beaten by a vote of 38 to 24.
It's official: Caroline Kennedy will not continue her quest for the Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Kennedy reportedly told New York Gov. David Paterson on Wednesday that she was dropping out, and although he asked her to think it over for 24 hours she sent out an e-mail minutes after midnight saying she had withdrawn. Updated
Before the media barracuda had time to really start swarming, Eliot Spitzer's successor, Gov. David Paterson, preempted scurrilous investigations into his skeleton closet by tossing a big one out for all to see. As Paterson told the New York Daily News on Monday, he had a long-standing affair years ago during a rocky period in his marriage.
New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, as expected, announced his resignation Wednesday morning, making a brief but graceful exit with his wife, Silda, at his side. Spitzer didn't say what his specific plans would be after his successor, Lt. Gov. David Paterson, takes office on March 17, but he pledged that he "will try once again outside of politics to serve the common good."