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At a morning press conference, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, Mr. Spitzers chief rival, signaled that partisanship may ease with the departure of the governor.

“We are going to partner with the lieutenant governor when he becomes governor,” Mr. Bruno said. “David has always been very open with me, very forthright I look forward to a positive, productive relationship.”

In an odd twist, Mr. Bruno will be acting governor whenever Mr. Paterson is out of state or if he were to become incapacitated.

This story is based in part on wire service reports.