If Governor Spitzer is forced to resign, Lieutenant Governor David Paterson would be given the governor’s seat for the remainder of Mr. Spitzer’s term, which ends in 2010.
From the constitution:
Senate majority leader Joseph Bruno, whose official title is temporary president of the Senate, would assume the duties of lieutenant governor and would be next in line for the top job, but would remain as majority leader.
If the acting governor in this scenario, Paterson, were to vacate the office, Bruno would take over, with a special election to be held at the next general election.
Thanks to Bob Ward, deputy director of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, for his patient guidance.