Originally Published:Friday, February 26th 2010, 9:39 AM
Updated: Friday, February 26th 2010, 11:10 AM
A beleaguered Gov. Paterson has pulled the plug on his election bid, a source close to the governor said Friday.
He will announce the decision later Friday.
Paterson been under fire for contacting a woman who accused one of his top aides of domestic violence.
The source said the governor has agreed not to seek election, but he will not resign - opting to serve out the remainder of his term.
The decision clears the way for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who is the favorite of many Democrats, to seek the nomination unimpeded.
Cuomo's office is investigating whether Paterson and the state police improperly contacted the woman, Sherr-una Booker, who made the allegations against his aide, David Johnson.
A day after speaking briefly with Paterson, Booker failed to show up for a court hearing against Johnson - and the matter was dropped.
Mayor Bloomberg Friday described Paterson's situation as "very sad."
And he added: "It's not good for the state to have the state government that isn't functioning as well as we need it to function in these very tough economic times."