New York's first black governor takes the reins: Paterson's ability to play nice with Republicans may help him meet challenges head-on.
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 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 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.|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||May 1, 2008|
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