Gov. Paterson’s spokesman quits amid scandal

Associated Press Writer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The top spokesman for New York Gov. David Paterson is resigning and says he can't in good conscience continue to serve.

Communications director Peter Kauffmann is the third key person to flee Gov. David Paterson's scandal-marred administration in two weeks.

Kauffmann says he cannot continue in the administration plagued by the scandals that threaten the jobs of Paterson and those he directed.

His testimony and e-mails were critical in a state charge that Paterson illegally obtained World Series tickets and lied about it.

Paterson is also being investigated over contact with a woman who had accused a top aide of domestic violence.

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