Current reports out of New York are that Eliot Spitzer is expected to resign his office soon, though it’s unclear exactly when. Lt. Gov. David Paterson and his staff reportedly have “begun laying the groundwork” for the transition.
Apparently, under the NY Constitution, Paterson will actually become the Governor upon Spitzer’s resignation (in MA, in contrast, the Gov’s resignation results in the Lt. Gov. becoming “Acting Governor”). There is apparently no provision in the NY Constitution to elect or appoint a new Lt. Gov., so Republican Senate President Joseph Bruno would take over the Lt. Gov.’s duties, which would include acting as Governor when Paterson is out of state. That should be interesting.
UPDATE: As of 2 pm, the NYT story has been updated to say that Lt. Gov. Paterson is “in limbo,” along with everyone else in NY politics, and that he “had not taken steps to move forward with a transition.”