NY State Police Official Resigns in Wake of Times Paterson Story

The third installment of The New York Times‘ reporting on the misdeeds of Governor David Paterson’s administration has drawn blood. Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services Denise O’Donnell resigned today at 2 p.m.

The Times story detailed a visit by State Police officers to a woman who was pursuing a domestic-violence complaint against Paterson staffer David Johnson. State police did not have jurisdiction over the case.

Here’s an excerpt from O’Donnell’s statement, which you can find printed in full by the Buffalo News:

The fact that the Governor and members of the State Police have acknowledged direct contact with a woman who had filed for an order of protection against a senior member of the Governor’s staff is a very serious matter. … The behavior alleged here is the antithesis of what many of us have spent our entire careers working to build — a legal system that protects victims of domestic violence and brings offenders to justice.

Other fallout from the Times story includes a call by Paterson for an investigation into the matter by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

The Times also reports that several state Democrats, including Representative Steve Israel of Long Island and Assembleyman Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn, are calling for Paterson to end or suspend his campaign.