I never thought I'd enjoy the fresh air as much as I do todayPataki discharged from hospital Mar 07, 2006
The court is granting convicted sexual predators more rights than law-abiding New YorkersPataki's sex offender order ruled illegal Nov 16, 2005
Claims that the governor has decided not to seek a fourth term are falsePataki denies 'no re-election bid' rumor Mar 29, 2005
This is a historic afternoon, and it's not because I'm holding a press conference with Eliot SpitzerNY coal plants agree to emissions cuts Jan 12, 2005
Then he was for it but he wouldn't fund it. Then he'd fund it but he wasn't for it. ... This is a candidate who has to Google his own name to find out where he standsPataki contrasts Bush and Kerry records Sep 02, 2004
George Elmer Pataki (pronounced /pəˈtɑːki/; born June 24, 1945) is an American politician who was the 53rd Governor of New York. A member of the Republican Party, Pataki served three consecutive four-year terms from January 1, 1995 until December 31, 2006.
Pataki's paternal grandfather was János (later John) Pataki (1883 – 1971) of Aranyos-Apáti, Hungary, who came to the United States in 1908 and worked in a hat factory. János had married Erzsébet (later Elizabeth; 1887 – 1975) around 1904. Their son, Pataki's father, was Louis P. Pataki (1912 – 1996), a mailman. Pataki's maternal grandfather was Matteo Laganà (born in Calabria, Italy in 1889), who married Agnes Lynch of County Louth, Ireland around 1914. Their daughter, Margaret Lagana, is Pataki's mother. He has an older brother, Louis. George Pataki can still speak a little Hungarian today.
Pataki married Elizabeth Rowland in 1973, and they have four children: Emily, Teddy, Allison, and Owen.