New York State Police superintendent Harry Corbitt, whose troopers contacted a woman who had accused an aide to Gov. David Paterson of assault, in what he described as an effort to explain her “options,” has announced his resignation, reports the New York Times. In a television interview, Corbitt said the pressure he and his family had faced since the scandal erupted last week had made resignation his only option.
“Any individual that is criticized constantly really feels that pain,” he said. “And in most cases there is some way to fight back, but in public service there is not. I'm not an elected official; I'm a public servant. I'm a cop, a good cop. So to continue to face that pressure – and even pressure from my family, the media showing up in my driveway – that's unacceptable. So for my own health, for my own sanity it's the right thing to do.” Deneane Brown, a state worker, is a friend of both the governor and the woman who had accused a senior aide to Paterson of assaulting her last fall. A person with knowledge of Brown's version of events said Brown was told by Paterson several weeks ago to convey a message to the accuser: “Tell her the governor wants her to make this go away.” Brown then contacted the accuser, Sherr-una Booker, repeatedly by phone and text message. On Feb. 7, the day before Booker was to return to Family Court for a permanent order of protection against the aide, David Johnson, Brown arranged a phone conversation between Booker and the governor.