The appointment of Richard Ravitch to serve as New York's lieutenant governor was illegal, a state appellate court ruled yesterday. Gov. David Paterson will appeal the ruling to the state Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.

"We will try to persuade them that under Public Officer Law 43 the governor does have the right to fill vacant offices, the explicit right, and we see the lieutenant governor as one of those offices," Paterson told reporters. He said he was willing to have Ravitch confirmed by the Senate or the full Legislature "to avoid the feeling there would be a rogue person appointed lieutenant governor."

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