Morning Read, Upstate: Ravitch–Appointed and Restrained

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.