Marissa Shorenstein, the press secretary of New York Governor David Paterson, resigned Wednesday, becoming the fourth staff member to quit amid scandals surrounding the administration.
Shorenstein said she is stepping down because her involvement in recent news stories make her unable to do her job effectively, according to a statement released today.
Throughout my career, I have performed my duties professionally and with integrity, basing my actions on what I believe to be true at the time.I therefore tender my resignation as press secretary to the governor, the statement said.
Shorenstein became acting communications director after Paterson aide Peter Kauffmann resigned on March 4.
The Deputy Secretary for Public Safety under Governor David Paterson's administration Denise O'Donnell and State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt also resigned recently.
The resignations followed a report from the New York Times that Gov. Paterson and the state's police intervened in a domestic violence case against David Johnson, one of the Governor's top advisors.
Shorenstein, under Paterson's direction, reportedly contacted the woman who had accused Johnson of abuse, the New York Times reports.