New York Governor David Paterson will end his reelection bid Friday, the New York Times reported.

Paterson will drop out of the gubernatorial race amid allegations that he attempted to quash a domestic-abuse case involving a top aide, David Johnson.

Paterson was elected lieutenant governor in 2006 and took over the governor's mansion two years later after Eliot Spitzer resigned amid a prostitution scandal.

Last year, the 55-year-old politician pressured Senators to debate a gay marriage bill waiting for their approval to become law. Eventually, Senators gave in to marriage equality supporters, but rejected the measure.

Without Paterson's prodding, the bill most likely would have been shelved.

Senator Ruben Diaz, a Bronx Democrat who opposes the legalization of gay marriage despite having two gay brothers, suggested that gay allies of the governor had left him in a lurch.

“The governor went out of a limb for the gay community in his efforts to support marriage equality and to bring that bill to the Senate floor, even though he knew it did not have sufficient votes to pass and that thousands of people in New York State did not want it and will not support him for election because of that issue,” Diaz said on his own website.

“Where is the gay community now that the governor needs them?” Diaz rhetorically asked.

In December, Paterson signed an executive order protecting transgender state employees from workplace discrimination. But a bill that would apply to employees working in the public sector (GENDA) remains stuck in the Legislature.

With the abuse charges simmering in the background and low poll numbers, the Paterson campaign was looking at a nearly insurmountable incline to overcome.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is considered the strongest candidate to be the Democratic nominee for governor this fall.