At a meeting in Kingston, party and labor leaders express "concern" over David Paterson's poll numbers.
Paterson says in court papers he needs Richard Ravitch to be a "credible bridge" to the business and labor communities.
"The whole thing's a sitcom," Ravitch told Cindy Adams over spring rolls as Paterson admitted to playing basketball with his son after he made the appointment.
State Senator Kevin Parker pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges, and says he is ready to move toward trial rather than make a deal.
"We will not agree to any plea deal without the victim's consent," a spokesman for Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes said.
Stuart Brody, who chaired the Democratic Rural Conference for six years, is seeking the party's line for Congress.
Below, some video about that crusade: