Black, Blind, and In Charge

A Story of Overcoming Adversity and Visionary Leadership


About The Book

David Alexander Paterson (born May 20,1954) is an American politician who served as the 55th Governor of New York, succeeding EliotSpitzer and serving out the final three years of Spitzer's term from March 2008 to the end of 2010. He is the first African American to hold that position and the second legally blind US Governor of any state after Bob C. Riley, who was Acting Governor of Arkansas for 11 days in January 1975. Since leaving office, Paterson has been a radio talk show host on station WOR in New York City, and was in 2014 appointed chairman of the New York Democratic Party by his successor as governor, Andrew Cuomo. After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Paterson worked in the district attorney's office of Queens County, New York, and on the staff of Manhattan borough president David Dinkins. In 1985, he was elected to the New York state senate to a seat that was once held by his father, former New York secretary of state Basil Paterson. In 2003, he rose to the position of Senate minority leader. Paterson was selected as running mate by then-New York attorney general and Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee Eliot Spitzer in the 2006 New York gubernatorial election. This book is the story of how it all happened, and how it happened in ways that you just won’t believe.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (May 5, 2020)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781510756335

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