Paterson, Ravitch Explain Themselves

ALBANY—Speaking in the ornate Red Room, which was stocked half-full of administration officials, including the commissioners of several state agencies, David Paterson appeared publicly for the first time with newly named Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch.
Paterson said Ravitch was sworn in around 8:40 p.m. last night, and his oath was filed and accepted by the Secretary of State by 11 p.m., over 90 minutes before a restraining order was issued by a Nassau County judge. Paterson said “that issue is moot.” He defended the late-night action as “traditional after an appointment.”
Still, he walked back a promise to have Ravitch preside over the

Paterson, Ravitch Explain Themselves