ALBANY - Rep. Steve Israel is urging fellow Democrat Gov. David Paterson to drop his run for election this year following a published report about a domestic abuse complaint against a top aide.   

Israel, (D-Huntington), tells The Associated Press he spoke by phone with Paterson on Thursday morning and told him it’s become apparent he should not seek election and should announce it soon.

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The congressman declined to discuss Paterson’s response.

The call came after The New York Times published a report linking a top Paterson aide to a claim of domestic violence involving a former girlfriend.

The Paterson administration declined immediate comment when asked about Israel’s remarks.

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Israel said he was speaking to the governor as a friend and told him there was life after Albany.