Another Paterson Official Quits Amid Scandal

New York Governor David Paterson’s administration broke its days-long run without any high-level resignations yesterday, when acting Superintendent of the New York State Police Pedro Perez stepped down.

The Times says that Perez “had authorized the commander of Mr. Paterson’s security detail to contact the woman who had accused the governor’s aide of assaulting her last fall, according to people with knowledge of his actions.”

Perez is the fourth high-level Paterson staffer to quit in the wake of a Feb. 25 New York Times story about the administration’s intervention in an assault case against Paterson aide David Johnson. Harry Corbitt, whom Perez succeeded as superintendent, retired last Tuesday. Communications Director Peter E. Kauffmann quit two days later, and Deputy Secretary for Public Safety. Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services Denise O’Donnell resigned in late February.