Report: Paterson had employees contact woman

A New York Times article reports that Gov. David Paterson directed two of his state employees to contact Sherruna Booker after she accused the governor's

BROOKLYN - A New York Times article reports that Gov. David Paterson directed two of his state employees to contact Sherruna Booker after she accused the governor's top aide of domestic abuse.

Booker told police that her boyfriend, David Johnson, tried to choke her and threw her against a dresser on Oct. 31. She later failed to press charges against the top aide and the case has since been dropped.

Paterson reportedly also contacted Booker directly and instructed his press secretary, Marissa Shorenstein, to seek a public statement from the woman.

The involvement has led to the National Organization for Women asking for Paterson's resignation. The group says the governor should not have contacted a domestic abuse victim.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating the matter. Paterson says he plans to finish out his term as governor.

AP wires contributed to this story

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