Paterson cleaning house already

March 20, 2008 1:11:31 PM PDT
Governor David Paterson is reportedly getting rid of acting State Police Superintendent Preston Felton. Felton was involved in former Governor Spitzer's "trooper-gate" scandal where a half-dozen troopers were shot, two fatally. He ordered officers on patrol to wear the bullet-resistant vests that previously were optional.

The 4,900-member force also got other new equipment, including .45-caliber handguns that replaced the 9mm sidearms, and defibrillators and more visible emergency lights for patrol cars.

Felton's final day will be April 4th.

Paterson, 53, also asked for the resignations of spitzer's entire executive staff-- as well as every agency commissioner.

David Paterson was sworn in as New York's 55th governor and also the first black governor, following Eliot Spitzer's resignation amid a prostitution scandal. Paterson, who is legally blind, was interrupted several times during his address with thunderous applause.


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