Black leaders believe Gov. Paterson should stay

NEW YORK - (AP) - Influential black leaders in New York City saythey believe Gov. David Paterson should stay in office amidallegations he and his staff interfered in a domestic violence caseinvolving a top governor's aide. Meeting in a Harlem soul food restaurant that is the center ofpower for black politics in New York, the group led by the Rev. AlSharpton agreed that Paterson should try to withstand the violencescandal and new ethics charges related to World Series tickets. The meeting came the same day that a third key administrationofficial quit because of the domestic violence scandal.Communications Director Peter Kauffmann said he could not "in goodconscience" stay on because of the controversy.

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