ALBANY, N.Y -- A member of Gov. David Paterson's Cabinet is resigning after a report that the governor and state police had contact with a woman who reported a domestic dispute with a top aide.
Criminal Justice Services Commissioner Denise O'Donnell says she is quitting because state police Superintendent Harry Corbitt had assured her his agency was not involved.
A police report discusses a confrontation between the aide, David Johnson, and a woman over a Halloween costume.
The New York Times reported Wednesday on court papers showing a phone call between state police and the woman. Paterson's office acknowledges he talked to the woman but says she placed the call.
A Paterson spokesman denies anyone tried to keep the woman from pursuing a domestic violence case.
The state police and Paterson's office had no immediate comment about O'Donnell's resignation. Paterson has been under pressure from fellow Democrats not to seek a full term.