Spitzer resigns after scandal
David Paterson becomes New York�s next governor
New York governor Eliot Spitzer announced his resignation yesterday in the wake of reports that linked him to a high-priced prostitution ring.
Spitzer�s resignation has made Lieutenant Governor David Paterson New York�s first African-American and first legally blind governor.
Paterson earned his bachelor�s degree in history from Columbia University and completed his law degree at Hofstra Law School. In 2002, Paterson became the New York State Senate�s minority leader, the first non-white legislative leader in New York state history.
In 2006, Paterson was elected New York�s first African-American lieutenant governor.
Paterson, an adjunct professor at Columbia�s School for International and Public Affairs, lives in Harlem with his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, and their two children.