Gov. David Paterson has hired a team of private attorneys to handle his legal case over his appointment of a lieutenant governor after Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the state’s top lawyer, refused to take the case, Paterson’s lawyers said.
Stanford Law Professor Kathleen Sullivan, who is Paterson’s lead counsel, said Cuomo was asked to represent Paterson but declined after Cuomo earlier this week said Paterson doesn’t have the legal authority to make the appointment.
So it will cost taxpayers for Paterson to hire outside counsel. Reporters asked about the cost, but there was no immediate figures.