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Paterson's press aide quits in scandal; 4th to fall

ALBANY - Gov. David A. Paterson's press secretary yesterday became the fourth top staffer to quit amid dual scandals.

Press secretary Marissa Shorenstein, 30, said she resigned after two years because she could no longer do her job because of a scandal over a domestic violence case involving a former top Paterson aide. The New York Times had reported that Shorenstein, at Paterson's instruction, called the woman who made the complaint against the aide.

Shortly after the contact by Shorenstein and others, the woman dropped her complaint. A special counsel is investigating whether the administration, including Paterson and a trooper on his security detail, improperly contacted the woman.

"Due to the circumstances that have led to my unwitting involvement in recent news stories, I can no longer do my job effectively," Shorenstein said in a statement released through a private e-mail account. "Throughout my career I have performed my duties professionally and with integrity, basing my actions on what I believed to be true at the time."

In the past three weeks, Paterson's deputy public safety secretary, his state police superintendent and his communications director, who was Shorenstein's boss, have quit because of the scandal.

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