Governor Paterson has planned a 5:01 p.m. TV appearance, to speak to New Yorkers about the State Senate stalemate. And the rumor is that he might very well appoint a Lieutenant Governor—the Times Union reports, "The governor's press office has assured broadcasters the event is newsworthy." The last time Paterson requested TV time was to discuss the sorry state of NY State finances a year ago. While some think that Paterson will just criticize the State Senate some more, PolitickerNY hears that the a lieutenant governor pick is a consideration, leading a Democrat to say, "Doing this means going to war with Andrew [Cuomo]. [Paterson]'s got to know that." According to WCBS 2, names being floated for LG are "Denise O'Donnell, the former Buffalo U.S. attorney who is currently Paterson's criminal justice coordinator; Former Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith Kaye; and Secretary of State Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez."
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