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NY’s first Black Governor

March 13, 2008

ALBANY, N.Y. – Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who will take over as New York’s governor following Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s dramatic fall from power in a prostitution scandal, rushed off to meet with lawmakers Thursday as he prepared for his transition.

With much of the state still reeling from Spitzer’s resignation, one of Paterson’s first tasks will be working with lawmakers to close a $4.7 billion deficit and broker a deal by April 1 on a $124 billion budget proposed by Spitzer.

“It’s time to get back to the business of the state,” Paterson said at a news conference on Thursday afternoon.

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