ALBANY—Lawyers from the Office of the Attorney General will be representing New York in a lawsuit filed by several education groups, an aide to Andrew Cuomo said.
The attorneys are preparing a reply that will be filed tomorrow in Supreme Court in Albany County, the aide said. Cuomo is constitutionally obligated to represent the state except when its various arms are in conflict–like the appointment of Richard Ravitch, when David Paterson was sued by some state senators and spent $1 million on outside counsel.
Attorneys from the office represented the defendants in the case–David Paterson, Budget Director Bob Megna and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli–but it was not immediately clear whether they would continue.
This puts Cuomo in the interesting position of fighting a largely political battle on behalf DiNapoli, whose office he has decried as still having “systemic corruption issues,” and Paterson, who he might challenge for governor.