New York Gov. David Paterson (D) will announce Friday that he won't seek reelection, the New York Post reported.

Paterson, said the Post, will announce that he won't seek reelection at a press conference at 11:30 this morning.

Paterson's announcement comes after a series of bruising reports by the New York Times, the latest of which alleged the governor directed the state police to get involved in an assault case involving an aide of his.

The New York governor's approval ratings have been underwater for months now, most notably since receiving criticism for his decision-making process in picking Kirstin Gillibrand (D) to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Hillary Clinton, who became secretary of State.

Paterson assumed the governorship after his predecessor, Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D), resigned in a prostitution scandal.