March 17th, 2010
01:34 PM ET

Beleaguered N.Y. governor's spokeswoman quits

The spokeswoman for embattled New York Gov. David Paterson announced her resignation Wednesday, telling reporters she could no longer be effective after "my unwitting involvement in recent news stories."

"Throughout my career, I have performed my duties professionally and with integrity, basing my actions on what I believed to be true at the time," Marissa Shorenstein said in a statement issued Wednesday. "I therefore tender my resignation as press secretary to the governor."

Paterson is fighting allegations that he asked Shorenstein and another staff member to call a woman who accused a governor's aide of assault and that state police later pressured that woman to keep quiet. The report is now the subject of a special prosecutor's inquiry, and Paterson has said he won't run for a full term in office.

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