ALBANY - (AP) - In his first direct denial of theaccusation, New York Gov. David Paterson says he didn't try topersuade a woman to drop a domestic violence complaint against oneof his top aides.

Paterson made the denial Wednesday on Don Imus' morning show onthe Fox Business Network. He says Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, whom heappointed, appears to have thrown him "under the bus."

Gillibrand has said that if Paterson is found to have violatedthe law, he should resign.

Paterson is being investigated for whether he made illegalcontact with the woman and has insisted he did nothing wrong.

He went a step further Wednesday and said he never urged her todo anything but follow the law.

Gillibrand had no immediate comment.