New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday appointed former Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye to take over his office’s high-profile investigations of Gov. David A. Paterson for possibly misusing State Police personnel to intervene in an aide’s domestic violence case and for improperly accepting New York Yankees’ tickets.

Having concluded that “an immediate resolution of these matters does not now appear to be at hand,” Cuomo said it was best to bring in a figure like Kaye so there is no taint of conflict of interest surrounding his office’s probe of either case at a time when the attorney general is widely thought to be preparing a run for governor.

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