David Paterson hired a "longtime friend" to work in the state's Washington office.
The State Senate voted 47-8 to reauthorize mayoral control of New York City's schools. The body also approved several amendments.
"The boat has been lifted for all children," State Senator Marty Golden, a Brooklyn Republican, said.
State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. predicted he would be called a "monkey" by editorial writers for voting no.
Some Democrats in the Senate are questioning whether David Paterson is accurately estimating the state's deficit.
Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, who is running against him, is prompting questions about what it means to be a Republican.
And below, Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos rages against the tax increases to bridge the state's budget deficit: