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As scandal mounts, New York Governor David Paterson urged to step down

Already under investigation for possible interference in a domestic abuse case, New York Governor David Paterson now is accused by a state ethics commission of not intending to pay for World Series tickets and then lying about it.

New York Gov. David Paterson answers questions during a news conference in Albany, N.Y., on Wednesday.

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The travails of New York Governor David Paterson are getting worse, and the calls for his resignation are getting louder.

Already under investigation for possibly interfering in a domestic abuse case involving an aide, Governor Paterson now is accused by a state ethics commission of not intending to pay for tickets for the World Series for his son and his son’s friend and then lying about it.

New Yorkers all over the Empire State are now asking, “What’s next?”

Although Paterson continues to maintain he will remain in office, an increasing chorus of public officials is calling for his resignation, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), who he appointed to replace then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“This is the old camel’s back metaphor,” says Douglas Muzzio, a political commentator and professor at Baruch College. “The bales of hay have already been piled on and you have to wonder if this is the final straw.”

Did Paterson interfere in a domestic abuse case?

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the governor was more deeply involved in the domestic abuse case than he has said. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating the involvement of Paterson as well as the New York State Police.

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