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ALBANY, N.Y A member of Gov. David Paterson's cabinet resigned after a report that the governor and state police had contact with a woman who reported a domestic dispute with a top aide.
Criminal Justice Services Commissioner Denise O'Donnell said she was quitting because state police Superintendent Harry Corbitt had assured her his agency wasn't involved.
A police report discusses a confrontation between the aide, David Johnson, and a woman over a Halloween costume.
The New York Times reported Wednesday on court papers showing a phone call between state police and the woman. Mr. Paterson's office acknowledged he talked to the woman but said she placed the call.
A Paterson spokesman denied anyone tried to keep the woman from pursuing a domestic violence case.
The state police and Mr. Paterson's office had no immediate comment about Ms. O'Donnell's resignation. Mr. Paterson has been under pressure from fellow Democrats not to seek a full term.