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What Can Latinos Expect From The New Governor Of New York?

With Eliot Spitzer having resigned in disgrace following revelations of his involvement in a prostitution scandal, David Paterson will be sworn in Monday afternoon as Albany's new leader through 2010. The former lieutenant governor and leader of the Democratic minority in the State Senate is a man widely respected across party and racial lines. According to Latino leaders in the capitol Paterson possesses a strong combination of drive, warmth and intellect.

"He's a great guy. I can't say enough good things about him," said Democratic State Senator José M. Serrano, who represents a district that combines parts of Manhattan and The Bronx. Paterson, who will be the first African-American governor in New York history and the first blind governor in the history of the nation, holds an encyclopedic knowledge of politics and government, a strong ability to relate to people, and a great sense of humor, said Serrano. Paterson frequently jokes about his lack of sight, and during the press conference where he discussed his transition as chief executive last Thursday Paterson was asked if he, like Spitzer, had ever visited a prostitute. "Only the lobbyists," he said, to the laughter of the assembled press corps.

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