A Look At David Paterson

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 12, 2008 at 6:32 PM EDT

Again, Spitzer will be replaced by Lieutenant Governor David Paterson, who will become New York's first black governor.

Action News learns more about the man ready to take the reigns in Albany.

David Paterson takes the oath in Albany last year, as New York's Lieutenant Governor.

In a few days, he'll raise his hand again, taking the oath as governor.

The 53-year-old is from Harlem, and legally blind.

But that hasn't held him back in politics.

He was first elected to the state Senate in 1985.

In 2002, he was elected as minority leader of the Democrats.

A few years later, Spitzer ran for governor and tapped Paterson to be his number two.

As 2nd in charge, Paterson's been a strong advocate of stem-cell research, alternative energies, and combating domestic violence.

In a statement, Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala says she's looking forward to working with the new governor.

"He is a well-respected and well-qualified individual and we are anxious to begin working with him to continue moving Broome County and all of New York in a more positive direction," says Fiala.

"I think he's a capable man, he's been in government a long time, and I think he would make a very good governor. He think he believes in the same kind of reform and progressive values that the governor does," says Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.

While Spitzer's known for his hard edges, Paterson's made friends in Albany, and even Republicans are looking saying they'll work well with him.

As the Spitzer scandal's evolved this week, Paterson said he's saddened but is ready to get back to work in Albany.

This is a critical time in state government as the governor's office will have to work with the Senate and Assembly to get a final budget passed over the next few weeks.

Patterson will serve out the rest of Spitzer's term through 2010.

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