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Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson Poised to become first black governor of New York State

As of today March 11, 2008 there are calls from republicans for the Governor to resign within two days or face impeachment. Sources within the Democratic Party expect Governor Spitzer to resign within days.

In light of the scandal that threatens to scuttle the political career of democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer Urban CNY has decided provide a profile of our Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson.

If Mr. Spitzer is forced to resign or is impeached Mr. Paterson is next in line of succession.

DAVID A. PATERSON was elected New York’s Lieutenant Governor on November 7, 2006. Throughout his career he has demanded and achieved change, reaching across party lines and bringing people together.

In 1985 David Paterson was elected to represent Harlem in the New York State Senate. And in 2002, he became the minority leader of the New York State Senate, the first non-white legislative leader in New York’s history. He made history again in 2004 when he became the first visually impaired person to address the Democratic National Convention in Boston Massachusetts. And in 2006 Mr. Paterson was elected New York’s first African-American Lieutenant Governor.

As the Lieutenant Governor, David Paterson has lead the charge on several crucial issues for New York’s future, achieving legislation for a $600 million New York stem cell research initiative, putting forth a statewide renewable energy strategy, insisting on strong action to combat domestic violence, and serving as the primary champion for minority-and women-owned businesses in New York.
Lt. Governor Paterson, who is legally blind, is nationally recognized as a leading active advocate for the visually and physically impaired. He is a member of the American Foundation for the Blind. He serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee and as a board member of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. In addition, he is a Member of the Board of the Achilles Track Club, having completed the New York City Marathon in 1999.

David A. Paterson was born May 20th 1954 in Brooklyn, NY to Portia and Basil Paterson, the first non-white Secretary of State in New York and the first African-American Vice-Chair of the National Democratic Party. The Lt. Governor earned his bachelor’s degree in History from Columbia University in 1977, and completed his J.D. at Hofstra Law School in 1982. He continues to give back to his alma mater by serving as an adjunct professor at Columbia’s School for International and Public Affairs. David Paterson lives in Harlem with his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, and their two children, Ashley and Alex. Ashley entered Ithaca College in Fall 2006, and Alex attends public school.

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