Paterson cuts added education funds

ALBANY, N.Y., June 29 (UPI) -- New York lawmakers are likely to try to override Gov. David A. Paterson's line item veto of additional education funds, political observers say.

New York allows all to get H1N1 vaccine

ALBANY, N.Y., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- The governor of New York said Thursday healthcare providers statewide should make the H1N1 flu vaccine available to all without restriction.

Gov. Paterson cites 'anger' against blind

ALBANY, N.Y., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- New York Gov. David A. Paterson says jokes made about his blindness indicate "anger" present in U.S. society toward the blind.

Deal to hike taxes on New York's richest

ALBANY, N.Y., March 29 (UPI) -- Leading lawmakers in New York have agreed to raise taxes on the state's highest earners to 8.97 percent to close budget gaps.

Gillibrand reported to replace Clinton

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- New York Gov. David Paterson's choice to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate is Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, news reports said Thursday.
Kennedy will seek Clinton's Senate seat

Kennedy will seek Clinton's Senate seat

NEW YORK, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Caroline Kennedy will seek the U.S. Senate seat in New York being vacated by Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton, political sources say.

Cuomo said to want Clinton's Senate seat

ALBANY, N.Y., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Political observers say New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo is lobbying to fill U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's seat if it becomes vacant.

N.Y. governor recovering from eye surgery

ALBANY, N.Y., June 28 (UPI) -- New York Gov. David A. Paterson was back at home Saturday following cataract removal surgery on his left eye, a spokeswoman said.

Judges seek justice -- and a pay raise

NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- New York's judges are suing the state's legislative and executive branches, claiming decade-long foot-dragging in giving them a raise.
David A. Paterson
David A. Paterson stands up by his seat before the third and final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on October 15, 2008. (UPI Photo/John Angelillo) .

David Alexander Paterson (born May 20, 1954) is an American politician who served as the 55th Governor of New York, from 2008 to 2010. During his tenure he was the first governor of New York of African American heritage and also the second legally blind governor of any U.S. state after Bob C. Riley, who was Acting Governor of Arkansas for 11 days in January 1975.

After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Paterson worked in the District Attorney's office of Queens County, New York, and on the staff of Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins. In 1985, he was elected to the New York State Senate to a seat that was once held by his father, former New York Secretary of State Basil Paterson. In 2003, he rose to the position of Senate Minority Leader. Paterson was selected as running mate by then-New York Attorney General and Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee Eliot Spitzer in the 2006 New York gubernatorial election. Spitzer and Paterson were elected in November 2006 with 69 percent of the vote, and Paterson took office as Lieutenant Governor on January 1, 2007.

When Spitzer resigned in the wake of a prostitution scandal, Paterson was sworn in as governor of New York on March 17, 2008. Paterson launched a brief campaign for a full term as Governor in the 2010 gubernatorial election, but announced on February 26, 2010, that he would not be a candidate in the Democratic primary.

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