Official: Paterson's top aide quits in tax flap

October 24, 2008 1:47:33 PM PDT
A state official says Gov. David Paterson's embattled chief of staff is resigning after it was revealed he had to pay nearly $300,000 in taxes and penalties that went unpaid for years. The state official close to the decision says Charles O'Byrne's resignation was accepted with regret by Paterson, his close friend.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because Paterson hadn't yet announced the decision.

O'Byrne, who has ties to the Kennedy family, has said clinical depression kept him from paying taxes from 2001 to 2005, before he took the job titled secretary to the governor.

O'Byrne's problems were first made public in the New York Post on Saturday and O'Byrne has been fighting against mounting pressure to keep his $178,500-a-year job since.