Former Lieut. Gov. David A. Paterson yesterday became governor of New York after Eliot Spitzer stepped down on March 12 following allegations that he was a client of a prostitution ring. Paterson is the first black and legally blind person to be governor of New York.

New York Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye swore in Paterson, a Democrat, at a joint session of the state's Legislature in Albany, where his wife and two children, members of the Assembly and Senate, former governors, and former lieutenant governors were in attendance. Also present were U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and other mayors from throughout the state, as well as governors John Corzine of New Jersey, Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, and M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut.

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