“New York State of Mindlessness”
With the drama unfolding in Albany, Gov. David A. Paterson has forsworn traveling out of the state. There is, after all, no lieutenant governor to hold the reins of power temporarily if he did. Instead, under the New York State Constitution, the president pro tem of the State Senate would act as the chief executive — but given the power struggle between the Senate Democrats and Republicans, it is not even clear who would step forward, or what power that person would attempt to exercise. However this imbroglio sorts itself out, uncertainty in the line of succession is undesirable.