Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Board Member Becomes Lieutenant Governor

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Board Member Becomes Lieutenant Governor

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A member of the American Foundation for the Blind's (AFB) board of directors, David A. Paterson, was elected lieutenant governor of the State of New York in November 2006. Mr. Paterson's running mate and newly elected governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, contributed to the welfare of people with vision loss in his previous position as attorney general in the areas of access to the Internet and movie theaters.

Elected to the New York State Senate in 1985, Mr. Paterson represented the 30th State Senate District, which encompasses Harlem, East Harlem, and the Upper West Side neighborhoods of Manhattan in New York City, and served as the state senate minority leader. Legally blind since birth, as a youngster Mr. Paterson was refused entry to nonspecial education classrooms of the New York City public schools. Mr. Paterson's family moved to the suburban town of Hempstead, New York, so he could be included in classes with sighted students. Mr. Paterson went on to receive degrees from Columbia University and Hofstra University School of Law, and to work for the Queens County District Attorney's Office, after which he was elected to the New York State Senate. …

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