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A workable line of succession to the governor's office is necessary to maintain stable leadership in a variety of possible scenarios. New York's line of succession is flawed in several ways. Some of the weaknesses stem from the designation of lawmakers as the next successors after the lieutenant governor, which raises separation of powers concerns. Additionally, there are significant ambiguities in the constitutional and statutory succession provisions. And the statutory line of succession statute is impossible to use in many situations because it only covers cases where the governor's office is "vacant" due to "an attack or natural or peacetime disaster." In this report, the Fordham Law School Rule of Law Clinic recommends a slate of reforms to strengthen New York's gubernatorial line of succession.
Fordham Law School Rule of Law Clinic