A Black will be governor of the Big Apple
By Sinclere Lee
New York (BNW) Lt. Gov. David Paterson will be the first Black governor of New York. As a result of the sex scandal that had ended the career Gov. Eliot Spitzer, Patersons career will begin. God works in mysterious ways!
Lt. Gov. Paterson was elected to represent Harlem in the New York State Senate in 1985, David Paterson has demanded and achieved change at every level, not simply by what he stands for but by who he is. He will be governor because they are working out the transfer of power now!
In 2002, David Paterson was elected minority leader of the New York State Senate, the first non-white legislative leader in New Yorks history. In 2004 in Boston, he became the first visually impaired person to address a Democratic National Convention. And 2006 saw Mr. Paterson make history again by being elected New Yorks first African-American lieutenant governor.
As New York State Senate minority leader, David Paterson led the charge on several crucial issues for New Yorks future, proposing legislation for a $1 billion voter-approved stem cell research initiative, demanding a statewide alternative energy strategy, insisting on strong action to fight against domestic violence, and serving as the primary champion for minority- and women-owned businesses in New York. As a result, Governor Spitzer asked Mr. Paterson to continue to lead New York State on these issues as lieutenant governor.
Lt. Governor Paterson, who is legally blind, is also nationally recognized as a leading advocate for the visually and physically impaired. A graduate of Columbia University and Hofstra Law School, Mr. Paterson also currently serves as an adjunct professor at Columbias School for International and Public Affairs. David Paterson lives in Harlem with his wife, Michelle, and their two children, Ashley and Alex, and he is the son of Basil Paterson, the first non-white secretary of state of New York and the first African-American vice-chair of the national Democratic Party.
He also worked as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and worked for three New York law firms after receiving his law degree from Harvard.
The first-term Democrat had been considered a rising star among his party.
Spitzer is married and has three daughters and if he resigns, David A. Paterson New Yorks lieutenant governor will take over. Hes Black and from Harlem.
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