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  Paterson, David
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AffiliationDemocratic  
 
NameDavid Paterson
Address
New York, New York , United States
EmailNone
Website [Link]
Born May 20, 1954 (65 years)
Contributornystate63
Last ModifedCOSDem
Apr 20, 2010 12:28am
Tags Black - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Gay Marriage - Married - Blind -
InfoDAVID A. PATERSON became New York's 55th Governor on March 17, 2008. In his first address as Governor, Paterson spoke about the challenges facing New York and his plans to build a better and brighter future for the citizens of this great state.

Governor Paterson was ahead of the national curve in predicting and acting on the State's current fiscal downturn. Despite the greatest economic crisis our State has ever faced, Governor Paterson has enacted sweeping reforms on a wide range of issues facing New Yorkers.

Governor Paterson led the movement to create permanent reforms to the way health care is delivered in New York State to rationalize the State's Medicaid reimbursement system and provide increased investment in primary and preventative care. He overhauled the Rockefeller Drug Laws for the first time in more than 30 years and after a 9-year struggle to update the 1982 law governing bottle deposits, Governor Paterson guided the legislature to enact the Bigger Better Bottle Bill. In addition, as a result of the Governor's leadership, the Empire Zone Program is being reformed, the basic welfare grant was increased for the first time in two decades to help assist those struggling in poverty during a time of unprecedented economic turmoil and unemployment insurance benefits have been extended.

Governor Paterson successfully negotiated an MTA bailout plan allowing commuters to avoid painful service reductions and he introduced landmark civil rights legislation that will end legal discrimination against same-sex couples in New York.

In 1985, at the age of 31, Governor Paterson was elected to represent Harlem in the New York State Senate, becoming the youngest Senator in Albany at the time. In 2003, he became the first non-white legislative leader in New York's history when he was elevated to Minority Leader of the Senate. He made history again in 2004 when he became the first visually impaired person to address the Democratic National Convention and again in 2007 when he became New York's first African- American Lieutenant Governor. As Lieutenant Governor, he led the charge on several crucial issues for New York's future including achieving legislation for stem cell research, working to prevent domestic violence, putting forth a statewide renewable energy strategy and championing the expansion of minority and women owned businesses in New York.

Governor Paterson, who is legally blind, is nationally recognized as a leading advocate for the visually and physically impaired. He is a member of the American Foundation for the Blind and he serves on the Board of the Achilles Track Club. He serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee and as a Chairman of the Coalition of Northeast Governors (CONEG).

Governor Paterson was born May 20, 1954 in Brooklyn, NY to Portia and Basil Paterson, the first non-white Secretary of State in New York and the first African-American Vice-Chair of the National Democratic Party. He earned his bachelor's degree in History from Columbia University in 1977, and completed his J.D. at Hofstra Law School in 1982. He lives with his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, and their two children, Ashley and Alex. Ashley attends college in Upstate New York and Alex attends public school in New York City.

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JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
09/16/2010-09/20/2010 Quinnipiac University 37.00% ( 8.0) 58.00% ( 2.0) 5.00% ( 6.0)
09/16/2010-09/16/2010 Rasmussen Reports 43.00% ( 1.0) 56.00% ( 1.0) 1.00% ( 0.0)
09/01/2010-09/01/2010 Rasmussen Reports 42.00% ( 1.0) 57.00% ( 2.0) 1.00% ( 1.0)
08/23/2010-08/29/2010 Quinnipiac University 29.00% ( 2.0) 60.00% ( 3.0) 11.00% ( 1.0)
07/29/2010-07/29/2010 Rasmussen Reports 43.00% ( 1.0) 55.00% ( 0.0) 2.00% ( 2.0)
07/20/2010-07/26/2010 Quinnipiac University 31.00% ( 6.0) 57.00% ( 8.0) 12.00% ( 2.0)
07/20/2010-07/20/2010 Rasmussen Reports 42.00% ( 5.0) 55.00% ( 5.0) 4.00% ( 1.0)
06/24/2010-06/24/2010 Rasmussen Reports 37.00% ( 2.0) 60.00% ( 1.0) 3.00% ( 1.0)
06/16/2010-06/16/2010 Rasmussen Reports 35.00% ( 4.0) 61.00% ( 2.0) 4.00% ( 3.0)
05/14/2010-05/16/2010 Survey USA 18.00% ( 9.0) 80.00% ( 16.0) 2.00% ( 6.0)

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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Aug 24, 2010 06:15pm Oops Gov. David Paterson’s X-Rated Gaffe: Accidentally Praises “Race To The Cock”  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Mar 08, 2010 02:00am Poll Poll: New Yorkers Don't Want Paterson To Resign  Article Jason 
Feb 16, 2010 09:15pm Blog Entry The New York Times David Paterson Story Is Out, and It's Boring  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Feb 08, 2010 01:10pm Scandal Source: Looming Paterson Scandal Involves Affair With NY Woman  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Feb 07, 2010 08:00pm General SOURCE: The NYT's Big David Paterson Bombshell Will Break Soon, Governor's Resignation To Follow*  Article COSDem 
Feb 06, 2010 07:00am Scandal Paterson Sex Scandal In The Works? Media Abuzz About Possible 'Bombshell' Story  Article kal 

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FAMILY
Father Basil A. Paterson 1926-2014

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RACES
  03/12/2008 NY Governor - Succession Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 NY Lt. Governor Won 69.56% (+40.84%)
  09/15/2006 NY Lt. Governor- D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  06/03/2006 NY Lt. Governor - IDP Convention Won 82.00% (+64.00%)
  11/02/2004 NY State Senate 30 Won 93.33% (+86.67%)
  11/19/2002 NY State Senate Minority Leader Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/05/2002 NY State Senate 30 Won 92.49% (+84.97%)
  11/07/2000 NY State Senate 29 Won 95.99% (+91.98%)
  11/03/1998 NY State Senate 29 Won 96.48% (+92.97%)
  11/05/1996 NY State Senate 29 Won 98.06% (+96.12%)
  11/08/1994 NY State Senate 29 Won 94.64% (+89.28%)
  09/14/1993 NYC Public Advocate - D Primary Lost 19.01% (-26.83%)
  11/03/1992 NY State Senate 29 Won 93.57% (+87.15%)
  11/06/1990 NY State Senate 29 Won 88.45% (+80.37%)
  11/08/1988 NY State Senate 29 Won 90.36% (+81.75%)
  11/04/1986 NY State Senate 29 Won 78.16% (+65.91%)
  09/09/1986 NY State Senate 29 - D Primary Won 56.32% (+24.27%)
  11/05/1985 NY State Senate 29 Special Won 70.08% (+51.53%)
ENDORSEMENTS
NY US President - D Primary - Apr 19, 2016 D Hillary Clinton
NY Assembly 54 Special - Sep 13, 2011 D Deidra Towns
NY State Senate 30 - D Primary - Sep 14, 2010 D Basil Smikle
US President - D Primaries - Jun 03, 2008 D Hillary Clinton
Mount Vernon NY Mayor - D Primary - Sep 18, 2007 D Ernest D. Davis
NY US President - D Primary - Mar 02, 2004 D Al Sharpton
NY US President - D Primary - Apr 19, 1988 D Jesse L. Jackson