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Israel urges Paterson to give up

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

Israel, a prominent Long Island congressman, told 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.

Israel 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.

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

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