David Paterson appointed Dick Ravitch as his lieutenant governor during an address televised statewide. The governor is hoping that Ravitch will preside over the State Senate, and help break a stalemate there.
“We cannot allow for any further exposure to uncertainty and risk at a time of unparalleled fiscal difficulty,” Paterson said.
He also cited New York City’s hiring freeze, and fiscal troubles in Yonkers, as he made his decision. A class of police recruits is not showing up today.
Ravitch has a long public career, including stints running the M.T.A. and the Urban Development Corporation.
Ravitch also was the top negotiator in the 1995 Major League Baseball strike.
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