The following is a statement from Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito on Governor Paterson’s Announcement that he will not seek re-election:
The Governor’s decision to drop out of the gubernatorial race should not distract us from what is really at stake here. The facts surrounding this case demonstrate clearly that we have a crisis of confidence in government and not just a political crisis.
Police Superintendent Harry J. Corbitt’s admission that the officers’ intervention in the case was not out of the ordinary, despite the fact that the State Police has no jurisdiction whatsoever into such matters, is deeply troubling.
The lack of any acknowledgement of the gravity of the State police’s handling of this case speaks to serious doubts about the ability of the Department to act responsibly in safeguarding the safety and well being of those who are victims of domestic violence.
I call on Governor Paterson to fire Superintendent Corbitt and begin to rebuild his cabinet to one where the leader of this state can regain the trust of the people. Any action short of this is not acceptable, will put into question any continued support for the Governor, and cast doubt on his ability to continue to govern our state.