Appeals court lifts temporary injunction on Ravitch

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   A state appeals court has suspended a temporary injunction that was put in place Tuesday to prevent Richard Ravitch from performing the official duties of lieutenant governor, according to Gov. David Paterson’s office.

   Paterson and Ravitch, whom the governor appointed July 8, appealed the injunction today and are seeking an expedited appeal process in the case, which is expected to go to the state’s highest court.

   “An injunction that directly interferes with the lieutenant governor’s performance of the public’s business should not be imposed lightly, let alone one that directly interfers with the governor’s own performance of the public’s business,” the appeal said.  

   A state Supreme Court judge in Nassau County who ordered the injunction set the next court date Aug. 25.

   The plaintiffs in the case — Senate Republicans and Sen. Pedro Espada, D-Bronx — want to prevent the governor from appointing Ravitch or anyone else as lieutenant governor. Ravitch, 76, is a former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

   The position of lieutenant governor has been vacant since now-former Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in March 2008 and Paterson, who had been lieutenant governor, succeeded him.

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