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David Paterson to Step Down as State Democratic Party Chair

By Staff

 

patersonFormer New York State Gov. David Paterson has announced he will be stepping down as state Democratic Party Chairman Nov. 4, after holding the position for 18 months.

The day Paterson will officially step down will be the day after Election Day.

“I have enjoyed working with Democrats from the grassroots level to the governor’s office and from Harlem to Albany,” Paterson said in a statement. “New York is the progressive capital of the nation, and it’s been a tremendous privilege to travel our great state, and share all that we stand for with the goal of helping Democrats get elected. I look forward to another successful Election Day this November 3rd.”

Paterson assumed the role in May 2014, replacing Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, and Manhattan Assemblyman Keith Wright, who had previously been the party’s co-chairs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released the following statement regarding Paterson’s resignation:

“From weathering the worst economic crisis we have seen since the Great Depression, to repealing the unjust and unconscionable Rockefeller Drug Laws, Gov. Paterson’s many accomplishments have impacted the lives of millions. Following his time in public service, David remained committed to advocating for Democratic values, and was an outstanding chair of the state Democratic Committee. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I thank David for his years of commitment to our state, and wish him the best in his next chapter.”

Paterson’s full statement is below:

“Today, I am announcing that, after 18 rewarding months, I will be resigning as Chair of the New York State Democratic Party. It has been a sincere honor to have held this post and to have played such a central role promoting the Democratic values that are so important to the New Yorkers we serve.”

“I have enjoyed working with Democrats from the grassroots level to the Governor’s Office and from Harlem to Albany. New York is the progressive capital of the nation and it’s been a tremendous privilege to travel our great State and share all that we stand for with the goal of helping Democrats get elected. I look forward to another successful Election Day this November 3rd.”

“I particularly enjoyed working so closely with Governor Cuomo in the run-up to his re-election last year. The Governor has been a strong champion for our Party’s shared ideals and I have been proud to answer his call to serve as Chair of the Party. The legacy he is in the process of creating is built on principled and enlightened policies – things like sensible gun control, marriage equality, a higher minimum wage and lower tax rates than any that our State has seen in the past sixty years – that are opening the door to a better future for all New Yorkers.”

“I have dedicated my life to public service and to the Democratic principles I myself learned from strong Party leaders like my father, Basil, and I will always feel fortunate to have had the great opportunity to be the Chairman of the New York State Democratic Party.”