New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday he has rescued himself and appointed an independent counsel to launch a probe into Gov. Paterson's apparent past questionable conduct, PIX News has confirmed.

Cuomo has instead appointed Chief Judge Judith Kaye to preside over the case.

The Attorney General who will likely run for governor, had been criticized for launching an investigation into Paterson's dealings, in which he is accused of illegally taking World Series tickets and having a relationship with a woman who accused an aide of domestic violence.

Sherr-una Booker accused Paterson's pal David Johnson of choking her, tearing off her Halloween costume and throwing her against a mirror. According to reports, she filed a domestic violence complaint but never filed criminal charges.

Paterson acknowledges he spoke with Booker but offered support and didn't persuade her to drop her complaint.

Last week, reports surfaced that Paterson violated state ethics laws when he sought and obtained free Yankees tickets for the 2009 World Series. In addition, he is accused of lying about his intention to pay for the tickets.

Paterson announced Feb. 26 that he would not be seeking another term as mayor.