Governor Spitzer's energy adviser Steven Mitnick has resigned amid an investigation into claims that he threatened a Republican on the state Public Service Commission.
In April, a PSC member appointed by former Republican Governor George Pataki said Mitnick had threatened her in an effort to get her to back off efforts to investigate Consolidated Edison over last summer's major blackout in New York City.
PSC Cheryl Buley says that during one of the agency's public meetings, Mitnick had threatened her career five or six times since the governor took office January first.
Mitnick's resignation is the latest turmoil to hit the Spitzer administration. The governor has suspended one of his top aides and reassigned another after the state attorney general said the staffers had used state police to keep tabs on the travels of Sptizer's main Republican rival, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno.