The New York Times reports the New York State Assembly has voted 100-43 along mostly partisan lines to ban statewide elected officials - the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller - from appearing in taxpayer-financed commercials. The vote was prompted by Pataki's $4.9 million campaign this winter promoting Lower Manhattan. Democrats charged that the advertisements were a self-aggrandizing waste of taxpayers' money, intended to cast Mr. Pataki as a spokesman for obviously popular issues, promote his re-election campaigns, and further his presidential aspirations in states like New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, where some of the ads also appear. Pataki's spokesman said the ads were intended to show that New York is a safe place to invest. The bill probably will not be enacted as it now goes to the Republican controlled Senate.