Reporting from New York — New York Gov. David Paterson, his confidence apparently buoyed by a show of support from influential black leaders, said Friday that he would not resign despite facing two scandals, withering support from the public, and a shaken staff.
Paterson spoke briefly outside his Manhattan office, a day after the Rev. Al Sharpton convened a meeting of black political and civic leaders to decide whether they should urge Paterson, New York's first black governor, to quit. They decided Paterson should remain in office.
Paterson's associates say the group's opinion is an important guide for the governor, and his comments Friday seemed to confirm that.
"I don't have any plans to resign. I am working on the business of the people of New York state," Paterson said. "At a certain point, I will cooperate with the investigations and will be clearing my name."