The decision on whether David Paterson's appointment of Richard Ravitch as lieutenant governor is legal has been pushed back, as a judge in Mineola adjourned the case until next Wednesday. In the meanwhile, according to Republican attorney John Ciampoli, the temporary restraining order signed by Judge Ute Lally is not in effect. Liz has details from the scene here.
Marissa Shorenstein, a spokeswoman for David Paterson, sent over this statement:
"As the Governor made clear in his address on Wednesday, the people of New York deserve to have questions about the line of succession settled expeditiously. It is shocking that the same legal team that brought this action to a court in Nassau County in the middle of the night would now claim they did not have time to prepare their case. These are the same delay tactics that were used in the Senate chamber over the past five weeks — now their lawyers have followed suit. Since the plaintiffs that brought this action no longer have a stake in the case, we hope that this matter can be resolved and Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch can begin working with Governor Paterson to help stabilize our State's economy and get New York on the road to recovery."