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David Paterson
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Paterson at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
55th Governor of New York
In office
March 17, 2008 – December 31, 2010
Lieutenant 1) Joseph Bruno(Acting)(March 2008 - June 2008)
2) Dean G. Skelos (Acting) (June 2008 - present)
Preceded by Eliot Spitzer
Succeeded by Andrew Cuomo
74th Lieutenant Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 2007 – March 17, 2008
Governor Eliot Spitzer
Preceded by Mary Donohue
Succeeded by Joseph L. Bruno (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1954-05-20) May 20, 1954 (age 68)
Brooklyn, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Paige Paterson
Residence New York State Executive Mansion, Albany, New York
Harlem, New York
Guilderland, New York
Alma mater Columbia University
Hofstra University School of Law
Profession Politician

David Alexander Paterson (born May 20, 1954) is an American politician and the 56th Governor of New York. He is the first black governor of New York and the first legally blind governor of any state. He became governor when Eliot Spitzer resigned. Due to Paterson becoming governor, two black governors are serving at the same time for the first time in more than 100 years; as Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts is also African American. He chose not to run for governor in February 26, 2010.

Accolades posted to Spitzer's 2006 gubernatorial campaign website.

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