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Paterson Cabinet Member Resigns Amid Turmoil Over Aide

Gov. Paterson and Johnson

New York Gov. David Paterson, left, and aide David Johnson walk down the steps of the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. (AP/FILE)

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.