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Spitzer Successor Paterson Poised to Make History

March 13, 2008 02:45 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
David Paterson will be New York’s first African-American governor and the first legally blind governor in U.S. history. Well-liked, he may heal Albany’s divisions.

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The Washington Post describes Paterson as an affable politician whose personality and 20 years of experience will allow him to work effectively with both the state’s Democrats and Republicans.

Also, advocates for the blind say they welcome the opportunity for public education offered by Paterson’s ascension.

“I believe his service as governor will debunk the myths relating to stereotypes of people with disabilities,” said Carl Augusto, president and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind in New York City.

While Paterson prepares to take control of a state government that many say is dysfunctional, he and his aides are scrambling to put together a policy agenda.

“David will clearly put his own stamp on many policy initiatives,” an unnamed Spitzer aide told The New York Sun.

Albany newspaper the Times Union calls for Paterson to deliver on the lofty promises that Spitzer made to the people of New York state when he took office, including plans to resuscitate the economy and address issues such as high property taxes, failing schools and unemployment.

New York will also be gaining a new first lady—Michelle Paige Paterson. Newsday reports that the former hospital lobbyist will prioritize health care issues.

Headline Links: NYC’s new governor

Background: Why was Spitzer so reckless?

Reactions: Advocates for the blind and business as usual in Albany

Opinion: Delivering on Spitzer’s promises

Related Topics: Spitzer’s pension and the Mann Act

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