Updated 03/01/2010 10:19 PM
Paterson: I Will Continue To Govern
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Governor David Paterson made his first public appearance Monday since announcing he would not run for a full term.
He abandoned his election bid on Friday following reports he and the State Police contacted a woman who claimed she was the victim of domestic violence at the hands of one of his top advisors.
The New York Times is reporting the governor personally directed two state officials to contact her.
Paterson has acknowledged that he had a telephone conversation with a woman who claims she was attacked by her ex-boyfriend David Johnson, a top aide to the governor.
At the governor's request, State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating the matter, which Paterson says should focus on his office and staff.
He attributed calls for his resignation to unwarranted byproducts of a vicious media storm.
"I think there's an hysteria that I've been a victim of over the past couple of months," said the governor. "I've been resigning about five times before this past weekend. During the Super Bowl, I spent the whole Super Bowl trying to dispel rumors that I was resigning the next day over what, I have no idea. So I think when an actual situation came up where I've called for an investigation into the role the State Police may have played in an actual incident, that this drumbeat would continue about my resignation."
The governor said he also has no plans to give up the day-to-day negotiations on the state budget. Some, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, have called for him to delegate more responsibility to Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch.
"I think that there's an investigation pending and everybody should hold their fire, hold their judgment until that investigation is complete," Silver said.
Meanwhile, after appearing at her husband's side last week, First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson tried to project an air of normality Monday by holding an event on a pet cause -- reducing childhood obesity.
The First Lady, however, did not take any questions from reporters.