Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said just now in a statement that he finds unconstitutional a new proposal for Governor David Paterson to break the stalemate in the Senate by appointing a Lt. Governor.
Here’s the statement:
“The State Constitution explicitly prescribes what occurs when there is a vacancy in the Office of Lieutenant Governor. In such circumstance, article 4, § 6 states that “the temporary president of the senate shall perform all the duties of the lieutenant-governor during such vacancy . . . .”
“Article 4, § 1 of the Constitution expressly provides that “the lieutenant-governor shall be chosen at the same time, and for the same term” as the Governor.