Rev. Al Sharpton, Black Leaders Meet On Paterson's Possible Resignation

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ALBANY, N.Y. (Associated Press) - A senior state Democrat tells The Associated Press that black party leaders in Gov. David Paterson's New York City neighborhood hope to craft a "message calling for the governor to resign."

The Democrat briefed on the meeting planned for Thursday night spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

Black leaders at the meeting in Harlem could play a large role in the fate of New York's first black governor.

A black Democratic adviser who also spoke on condition of anonymity says the Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to say he's rethinking his support for Paterson.

Paterson is being investigated over contact with a woman who had accused a top aide of domestic violence. He also faces ethics charges over free New York Yankees tickets.

Paterson says he is innocent and won't quit. His office didn't respond to requests for comment.