One day after taking the oath of office, Gov. David Paterson admitted to having extra-marital affairs with several women years ago, including one who was is still on the state payroll.
The shocking admission Tuesday came less than 24 hours after he replaced Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned after he was linked to being a participant to a prostitution ring.
It’s the latest extraordinary turn in a roller-coaster week for state politics.
“I betrayed a commitment to my wife several years ago. I do not feel I betrayed my commitment to the citizens of New York state,” Paterson told reporters at a news conference.
“I havenâ€™t broken any laws. I donâ€™t think I violated my oath of office.
“I saw this as a private matter, but both of us have committed acts of infidelity.”
Aides said that one of the women is still on the state payroll, working in the governor’s office. But he said he never had an affair with aide who worked directly for him.