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A state judge has temporarily enjoined Richard Ravitch from serving as lieutenant governor. In a decision late yesterday, Supreme Court Justice William R. LaMarca of Nassau County ( See Profile) barred Mr. Ravitch from exercising “any of the powers of the office.” He also ruled that the legal battle over whether Mr. Ravitch was constitutionally appointed by Governor David A. Paterson will occur in Nassau County, and not Albany, as Mr. Paterson had requested.

Senators Dean G. Skelos, R-Rockville Centre, and Pedro Espada, D-Bronx, had challenged the July 8 naming of Mr. Ravitch as the state’s second-in-command. Mr. Paterson appointed Mr. Ravitch, a former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as a way of breaking a monthlong leadership deadlock in the state Senate.

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