Party officials were banned from holding senior state posts.
He said that in his state post, "my role is to be as nonpartisan as possible."
He said he will resign his state post once a replacement is found.
The elder Calderón occupied state posts and served a term as federal deputy.
The training soon came in handy as he returned to his state posts.
Some of the appointments are to top state posts, where the appointees would be able to continue the Pataki policies for years to come.
In 1980, Governor Clinton appointed him to several minor state posts.
A man of modest means, he needs the income from his state post.
One possibility that has been discussed, however, is an appointment to a state post.
The secretary of state post is common to many U.S. states.