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CaptionDavid Alexander Paterson born May 20 1954 is the first black governor of New York and the first legally blind governor of any state. After Spitzer resigned in the wake of a prostitution scandal Paterson was sworn in as governor of New York on March 17 2008. ________ David Paterson was born in Brooklyn to Portia and Basil Paterson later a New York state senator and secretary of state and deputy mayor of New York City. According to a New York Now Interview Paterson traces his roots on his mothers side of the family to African Americans of the American colonial era in the American South primarily in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. His father is half Jamaican. His paternal grandmother Evangeline Rondon Paterson 19001985 was secretary to Black Nationalist leader Marcus Garvey. His paternal grandfather was Leonard James Paterson 18941968 a native of St. George's Grenadawho arrived in the United States aboard the S.S. Vestris on May 16 1917.] At the age of three months Paterson contracted an ear infection which spread to his optic nerve leaving him with no sight in his left eye and severely limited vision in his right. Since New York City public schools would not guarantee him an education without placing him in special education classes his family bought a home in the Long Island suburb of Hempstead so that he could attend mainstream classes there. The first disabled student in the Hempstead public schools he graduated from Hempstead High School in 1971. _________________________New York State Governor David Paterson opening the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival by David Shankbone on April 23 2008
HeadlineGovernor since 2008 born in Brooklyn 1st African American governor 1/2 Caribbean bloodline
Copyright Notice.wikipedia. org/wiki/ David_Paterson
Creditwikimedia commons
Byline (Photographer)DavidShankbone
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Paterson

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