Former Gov. David Paterson has been tapped as the next board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
The governor obtained five tickets to the first game of the series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies and attended with two aides, his son, Alex, and a friend of his son.
The commission concluded that Paterson, a Democrat, had never intended to pay for his own ticket and lied about it under oath. It referred the matter to state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who in turn appointed the independent counsel.
An independent counsel in New York has determined that David Paterson misled ethics investigators when he testified that he had intended to pay for free tickets to last year's World Series, but the report stops short of recommending that the governor be charged with perjury.
In what may have been the final straw, Paterson's Public Safety Deputy Secretary, Denise O'Donnel, resigned this week in protest after concluding that the governor's office and the state police did improperly contact the women who had filed a domestic abuse report against Paterson aide David W. Johnson.
New York Gov. David Paterson said today he will end his election campaign -- just weeks after saying that he would only leave office if voters threw him out at the polls or he's carried out "in a box."
When Eliot Spitzer bucked the New York Democratic establishment and selected Senate minority leader David Paterson as his running mate in 2006, many people thought Spitzer was crazy – and Paterson, too.
In 1985, David Paterson won his campaign for State Senate and was elected to represent Harlem at the age of 31, becoming the youngest state senator in New York's history. In 2008, New York governor Eliot Spitzer became embroiled in a national prostitution scandal and resigned, and Paterson filled the former governor's position, making him New York's first African American governor
He never learned to read Braille, as about 50 percent of blind children did at the time he was growing up. Instead, he used what little sight he had in his right eye to read with high-powered glasses, attending regular classes in a public school.
That decision was driven by his parents, Basil A. Paterson and Portia Paterson, who were determined to shield him from any stigma and insisted that they would not place young David in special education classes.
The teaching of Braille was far more common in the early 1960s, when Mr. Paterson, now 56, was entering elementary school, according to the National Federation for the Blind.
Born David Alexander Patterson on May 20th, 1954, in Brooklyn, New York, to labor law attorney Basil Paterson and homemaker, Portia Paterson. Paterson's family is steeped in political history—Basil was the first African-American Secretary of State in New York and the first African-American Vice-Chair of the National Democratic Party.