Scandals Upend New York Politics | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Scandals Upend New York Politics

-- Democratic Gov. David Paterson dropped his re-election bid because of evidence he may have pressed the girlfriend of his closest top aide to drop charges of domestic violence against the aide. That bombshell, along with accusations that Paterson broke ethics laws when he sought World Series tickets and then lied about his intention to pay for them, has spurred a drumbeat of calls for his resignation.

-- Rep. Charles Rangel, the state's most influential member of Congress, relinquished his post as chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee after the ethics committee found that the Harlem Democrat had broken House rules on accepting gifts.

-- Rep. Eric Massa, a freshman Democrat from upstate New York, planned to step down next week after announcing he would not seek re-election because of health reasons. A House ethics panel is reviewing a potential sexual harrassment complaint against Massa by a male staffer.

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