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New York's first black governor takes the reins: Paterson's ability to play nice with Republicans may help him meet challenges head-on.

NEW YORK New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 LT. GOV. DAVID David, in the Bible
David, d. c.970 B.C., king of ancient Israel (c.1010–970 B.C.), successor of Saul. The Book of First Samuel introduces him as the youngest of eight sons who is anointed king by Samuel to replace Saul, who had been deemed a failure.
 A. PATERSON became the state's first African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race.  governor in March after Gov, Eliot Spitzer's resignation. This makes Paterson the state's first legally blind governor and the third African American to govern a U.S. state A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of the United States, although four states use the official title "commonwealth". The separate state governments and the federal government share sovereignty, in that an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and  in modern history.

Spitzer, a married father of three who built his career on being an ethical leader, was linked to a high-end prostitution ring and resigned amidst further investigation into his involvement and possible use of government funds.

Paterson, 53, was elected lieutenant governor in November 2006 on a ticket headed by Spitzer and will fulfill the remaining three years of the former governor's term. Calling Paterson "a very experienced and respected political figure" Marty Linsky, a faculty member at the John F. Kennedy School of Government The John F. Kennedy School of Government, colloquially known as the Kennedy School of Government (KSG) or simply the Kennedy School, is a public policy school and one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University.  at Harvard University, says Paterson "should be fine if he gets some things done and creates a less hostile atmosphere in Albany."


Paterson has a long association with public service. Born in Brooklyn, Paterson is part of New York's African American political elite. His father, Basil, is a legendary politician who was the first African American secretary of state of New York The office of the Secretary of State of New York was established in 1778, and is one of the oldest government agencies of the state of New York.

The Secretary is responsible for the regulation of a number of businesses and professions, including private investigators,
 and the first African American vice-chair of the national Democratic Party. The elder Paterson also ran for New York's lieutenant governor in the 1970s--albeit unsuccessfully.

As lieutenant governor; the Harlem resident's attention centered on stem-cell research, alternative energy, reducing domestic violence, and increasing the role minority- and women-owned businesses play in New York State.
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Title Annotation:David A. Paterson
Author:Jefferson, Aisha I.
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:May 1, 2008
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