Paterson Makes an ‘Instability’ Argument; Judge Stays Restraining Order on Ravitch

ALBANY—David Paterson’s lawyers are indeed appealing a decision issued Tuesday night by William LaMarca which enjoined Richard Ravitch from acting as lieutenant governor.
The 10-page memorandum the governor’s lawyers filed in support of the appeal is above. This line of logic, which echoes what Paterson told me Sunday, jumped out:

“Moreover, although the stalemate has passed momentarily, the Senate is subject to daily instability. There are currently threatened defections and power-shifts between the parties, which could at any minute result in a shift in the identity of the Temporary President of the Senate.

Paterson Makes an ‘Instability’ Argument; Judge Stays Restraining Order on Ravitch