- George Pataki
name= George Elmer Pataki
caption=George E. Pataki, November 15, 2007. Photo by Christopher Peterson.
office= Governor of New York
January 1, 1995
December 31, 2006
Betsy McCaughey Ross
birth_date= birth date and age|1945|06|24
Peekskill, New York
George Elmer Pataki (born
June 24, 1945) is an American politician who was the 53rd Governor of New Yorkserving three consecutive four-year terms from January 1, 1995[cite web|title=George Pataki, Regular Guy; Talks Big, Loves Clapton, Chows Down, Hoes Uphill|publisher="The New York Times"|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE3DD1438F930A15756C0A963958260&scp=16&sq=George+Pataki+biography&st=nyt|accessdate=2008-02-27] until December 31, 2006. He is a member of the Republican Party and was seen as a possible 2000 and 2008 [cite web|title=For Native Sons, Less Favor at Home|publisher=" The New York Times"|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/31/nyregion/31candidates.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=George+Pataki+biography&st=nyt&oref=slogin|accessdate=2008-02-27] Presidential candidate.
Family and education
Pataki's paternal grandfather was János (later John) Pataki (1883–1971) of
Aranyosapáti, Hungary, who came to the United States in 1908 and worked in a hat factory. János had married Erzsébet (later Elizabeth; 1887–1975) around 1904. Their son, Pataki's father, was Louis P. Pataki (1912–1996), a mailman. Pataki's maternal grandfather was Matteo Laganà (born in Calabria, Italyin 1889), who married Agnes Lynch of County Louth, Irelandaround 1914. Their daughter, Margaret Lagana, is Pataki's mother. He has an older brother, Louis. George Pataki can still speak a little in Hungariancite web|title=In Hungary,Pataki Gets Treatment Of a Star|publisher="The New York Times"|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CEED9173CF936A1575AC0A963958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=2|accessdate=2008-02-27] today.
Pataki married Elizabeth Rowland in 1973, and they have four children: Emily, Teddy, Allison, and Owen.
Pataki won a scholarship to enter
Horace Mann Schoolin Riverdale, a section of The Bronx. He then entered Yale Universityin 1964 on an academic scholarship, and graduated in 1967. While there he served as chairmanof the Conservative Party of the Yale Political Union. [cite news |date=2002-05-26 |url=http://www.yaledailynews.com/article.asp?AID=19312 |title=N. Y. Gov. George Pataki to deliver Class Day address |work=Yale Daily News |accessdate=2006-04-21] He received his J.D.from Columbia Law Schoolin 1970. [cite web |url=http://www.ny.gov/governor/firstfamily/patbio.html |title=George Pataki Biography |accessdate=2006-04-21]
History and campaigns
*1981–1984 Mayor of
Peekskill, New York
New York Assembly
New York State Senate
*1995–1999 New York Governor (First Term)
*1999–2003 New York Governor (Second Term)
*2003–2007 New York Governor (Third Term)
Early political career
lawat Plunkett and Jaffe, P.C. in Peekskill, Pataki became friends with Michael C. Finnegan, who would go on to be the architect of Pataki's ascendancy to power.Revkin, Andrew. " [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D02E1D61F3AF931A35753C1A961958260 Pataki's Chief Deal Maker Departs] ". " New York Times". October 2, 1997.] Finnegan would go on to manage Pataki's campaigns for Mayor, State Assembly, State Senate, and the Governorship." [http://www.neco.org/awards/recipients/mcfinnegan.html Michael C. Finnegan, Business Leader, Irish Recipient 1997] ". " Ellis Island Medal of Honor". Retrieved on February 29, 2008.] Finnegan was then appointed Chief Counsel to the Governor in 1995, and played the key role in developing and negotiating nearly all of Pataki's early legislative success.Hernandez, Raymond. " [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C00E2DC153FF936A2575BC0A961958260 Pataki's Counsel to Resign For Post at J. P. Morgan] ". " New York Times". August 15, 1997.]
*Mayor - City of
PeekskillGeorge Pataki first won elective office in November 1981. He was elected Mayor of the City of Peekskill, which is located in the Northwestern part of Westchester County. Pataki defeated the Democratic incumbent Fred Bianco Jr., winning 70% of the vote. In November 1983, Pataki was re-elected Mayor, winning 74% of the vote.
New York State AssemblyIn November 1984, George Pataki was elected to the New York State Assembly, (91st district), by defeating the one-term Democratic incumbent, William J. Ryan, winning 53% of the vote. In November 1986, Pataki defeated Ryan in a rematch, capturing 63% of the vote. Pataki won a third term in November 1988, winning 74% of the vote. Pataki won a fourth and final term in November 1990, winning over 90% of the vote, as he only faced a minor party candidate.
New York State SenateFrom 1983-1992, the 91st Assembly district included parts of Westchester, Orange, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. However, in 1992, Assembly Democrats substantially redrew the district boundaries, placing the newly renamed 90th Assembly district entirely within Westchester County. Instead of running in the newly redrawn district, Pataki decided to challenge seven-term incumbent Republican State Senator Mary Goodhue in a primary. Pataki won the primary by a 52-48% margin. However, Goodhue was still going to appear on the November ballot on a minor party line. In November 1992, George Pataki won election to the New York State Senate in a 4-way race. Pataki served one term before running for Governor.
First term, 1995–1998
Pataki was a first term state senator from Westchester County when he launched his bid for the Republican nomination for governor in 1994. He said he launched the campaign because of his frustration in the Senate regarding how Albany worked and on tax issues. He was little known statewide and his campaign received a boost when he was endorsed by U. S. Sen.
Al D'Amato. He received the party's endorsement at the spring state convention and easily defeated former State Republican Chairman Richard Rosenbaum in the September primary. Pataki was considered an underdog from the start since he was running against three term Gov. Mario Cuomoand that Pataki had little name recognition statewide. D'Amato reportedly backed Pataki because of a poll that showed a pro-choice, fiscal conservative from the New York City suburbs could win statewide for governor. The poll also showed a female running mate for lieutenant governor would help the ticket, thus leading to the selection of academic Betsy McCaugheyas Pataki's running mate.
The polls had Gov. Cuomo up by as much as ten points going into the final two weeks, but they then narrowed at the end. In reality, however, Pataki remained neck and neck with Cuomo during the entire race, focusing solely on the issues of tax cuts and the death penalty during the campaign. In addition he made an issue of Cuomo seeking a fourth term as governor and pledged to serve only two terms in office. Cuomo was helped late in the race by the endorsement of New York City Mayor
Rudy Giuliani. In the end, Pataki narrowly defeated Cuomo in the general election.
Pataki made up for a softer performance in
New York Cityand Long Islandby running up a decisive margin north of the city, especially among upstaters disenchanted with Cuomo. [cite web |url=http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS/state.php?year=1994&fips=36&f=0&off=5&elect=0;return%20false |title=Deve Leip's Atlas of U. S. Presidential Elections |accessdate=2007-01-02] Pataki was the first governor elected since Franklin D. Rooseveltto not come from one of the five boroughs of New York City.
Pataki has long been regarded as an environmentalist and he has made the environment and open space preservation a top priority of his administration. He has long cited that
Theodore Rooseveltis his political hero for his work as a conservationist. Pataki has conserved more land statewide and has pushed bond issues in referendums that provided more money to preserve land and clean up the state's rivers and lakes. He has been a long standing advocate for cleaning up the Hudson Riverand in pushing stricter environmental regulations and penalties.
Polls showed that the majority of New Yorkers wanted the state's
death penaltylaws restored. A bill to restore the death penalty passed the Legislature several years in a row, only to be vetoed by Cuomo. Pataki made the issue a top priority of his and when the bill reached his desk he signed it into law in 1995. The state's Court of Appeals later ruled the death penalty unconstitutional in the form in which it was written (in the case of People v. LaValle), and the State Legislature has not passed a bill to restore it in a new form. During Pataki's 12 years as governor, not a single person was executed in New York State.
Pataki has long vetoed increases to spending at the
State University of New Yorkand City University of New York. In addition he has vetoed increases to funding for the state's tuition assistance program and equal opportunity program. His higher education policies have included calling for laws to limit the amount of time a student can receive state tuition assistance while in a public university, which he says will increase the rate of graduation in four years. He has also appointed more SUNY and CUNY trustees who are against open enrollment and remedial education policies and who have pushed for a stricter core curriculum program in the public universities. Pataki was criticized for appointing his close friend and former budget director, Robert L. King, as the Chancellor of the State University of New York.
Tax cuts and spending cuts
Pataki has been a long-time advocate of tax cuts during his administration and his time in the state legislature. He signed and sponsored several tax cuts during his first term in office and in addition made spending cuts to the budgets he proposed. This has included a push for privatization of state entities.
During the first years of Pataki's administration, he began to institute the major spending cuts, which he has advocated for most of his career. Among the cost cutting initiatives was a push to privatize the
World Trade Centerfrom the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The New York City governor's office for more than 20 years had been in the center. The privatization effort took effect a few weeks before the September 11attack when Larry Silversteinassumed a 99-year lease for $3.2 billion."'
While Pataki campaigned against the New York State practice of not adopting an ontime budget by the start of the
April 1state fiscal year for over a decade, Pataki's first 10 years in office did not see the adoption of an ontime budget.
econd term, 1999–2002
Pataki was considered the frontrunner from the start of the 1998 campaign for governor. He was unopposed for the Republican nomination and paired with a new running mate, Judge
Mary Donohue. The Democrats faced a primary battle between New York City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey Ross, and former Transportation Commissioner James LaRocca. Vallone captured the Democratic nomination, with Thomas Golisanorunning as the Independence nominee and McCaughey Ross as the Liberal Party nominee. Pataki was easily reelected to a second term in office.
Policy and political work
In 1999, Governor Pataki signed into law comprehensive
health carelegislation that provided health insurance coverage, under Family Health Plus, to lower income adults who do not have health insurance through their employers. In 1999, Pataki explored a possible bid for the Presidency. In 2000, Pataki was also mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senateagainst First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In July 2000, Pataki's name surfaced on the short list to be the running mate for Republican presidential nominee
George W. Bush, along with the names of Governor John Englerof Michigan, Governor Tom Ridgeof Pennsylvania, former Senator John Danforthof Missouri, and former U. S. Labor Secretary Elizabeth Doleof North Carolina. Bush eventually selected the man who was in charge of scouting vice presidential candidates, former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney. Pataki had strongly campaigned for Bush including an unsuccessful effort to keep John McCainoff the New York primary ballot (which Bush ultimately won).
eptember 11 terrorist attacks
Pataki's New York City office had moved out of the World Trade Center in the months before the
September 11, 2001 attacksto new offices on Third Avenue.
Pataki and Giuliani appointed the
LMDCto distribute nearly $10 billion in federal grants and to oversee the construction of a memorial, though as of September 2006 the latter has not begun. Giuliani had to step down because of term limits and Pataki took the lead on the building process, though the Port Authority is a state-run agency and thus Giuliani had very little control in the rebuilding effort anyway.
Native American casinos
Pataki has been a long advocate for Native American casinos in upstate New York. He has proposed the creation of several casinos throughout upstate with the revenue being shared by the state, tribe and municipal government. In the 1990s he was able to secure the creation of one casino on an Indian reservation outside Syracuse. His plans to create new casinos were blocked by Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silveruntil after the Sept. 11 attacks, when Silver was persuaded that more money could come into the state government. Pataki soon signed an agreement to create new casinos in the Catskills, Niagara Falls, and in Buffalo. The Seneca Niagara Casinoopened in Niagara Falls in January 2003.
Niagara Falls casino money fight
As a part of the creation of the Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls, an agreement was reached to give a percentage of the
slot machinerevenue to the City of Niagara Falls each year to spend on local tourism projects and projects relating to hosting the casino. Money was allocated for 2003, but disputes have come up since then. Part of the dispute is a claim by Niagara County to receive a share of the money for county government projects and another part had to do with restructuring the local commission charged with allocating the money. Pataki has called for the money to be given to a state entity he created to spur economic development in Niagara Falls, thus leaving the money under his control, a decision that is opposed by local leaders.
Third term, 2003–2006
Pataki was considered a strong contender for a third term. He ran again on a ticket with Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue and the Democrats faced a primary battle between State Comptroller
Carl McCalland former HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo. Pataki emphasized his previous work and the need to have continuity following Sept. 11.
Pataki sought the nomination of the Independence Party in his bid for a third term as well. He faced Thomas Golisano, the party's founder in his bid for the nomination. Pataki ran an active primary campaign and lost to Golisano. Donohue did win the primary for lieutenant governor and was both the running mate of Pataki and Golisano in the general election.
Pataki faced McCall and Golisano in the general election, during which he continued to empashize his past work for the state. He easily defeated the two.
A Pataki-Cuomo rematch nearly occurred in the 2002 election. Mario's son
Andrew Cuomoannounced plans to run. However, he stumbled on April 17and ultimately withdrew before the primary at the urging of his mentor Bill Clintonwhen Cuomo was quoted in the media as saying (regarding Pataki's performance post-9/11):
:"Pataki stood behind the leader. He held the leader's coat. He was a great assistant to the leader. But he was not a leader. Cream rises to the top, and Rudy Giuliani rose to the top." [http://www.nationalreview.com/dreher/dreher090402.asp]
World Trade Center legacy
The Port Authority owns the WTC site and Larry Silverstein is the site lease holder. Governor Pataki effectively controlled development at the WTC site by the power to appoint half the Port Authority commissioners and half the LMDC board members. In late 2002, the LMDC picked a plan dubbed Project THINK to replace the convert|10000000|sqft|m2|-4 of lost space and build a memorial. Pataki intervened to support a plan by
Daniel Libeskindentitled Memory Foundations. When offered a choice between the Libeskind or THINK plans, the official LMDC poll showed that the public preferred "Neither".
Although eventually most of Libeskind's plan was to be ignored it established two concepts that will define the Pataki legacy at Ground Zerondash the placement (and name) of the convert|1776|ft|m|0|sing=on high
Freedom Towerand the concept that the memorial be below street level. A symbolic cornerstone for the Freedom Tower with Pataki's name was laid on July 4, 2004, and after numerous design changes, construction commenced in May, 2006.
The much-vaunted open and inclusive process never acknowledged public support for rebuilding the Twin Towers, including the Belton-Gardner Twin Towers II design, which drew national attention when it was sponsored by real estate developer
Donald Trumpin May 2005, and is favored by many 9/11 family-members.
In the spring of 2006, Attorney General Spitzer was quoted as saying the redevelopment was "an Enron-style debacle", and stated the LMDC was "an abject failure" that "violated its duty to the public". However in February 2007 as the new governor he unenthusiastically decided to proceed with Pataki’s plans.
United States Senate Republican Primary of 2004
In 2004, Pataki and New York GOP Chairman Sandy Treadwell faced controversy after naming moderate Assemblyman
Howard Millsthe party's nominee for the U.S. Senateagainst Senator Chuck Schumerover conservative Michael Benjamin, who held significant advantages in both fundraising and organization. [http://web.archive.org/web/20040807054126/www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=222422&category=CAPITOL&BCCode=&newsdate=2/25/2004 Senate hopeful claims GOP bosses snubbed him] . "Albany Times-Union", February 25, 2004.] Benjamin publicly accused Treadwell and Pataki of trying to muscle him out of the senate race and undermine the democratic process. Mills went on to lose the election in the largest landslide for a Senate seat in the history of New York. [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20041027170724/www.benjamin2004.com/press/news/press_051504.asp Major Parties to Anoint their Senate Combatants] . Humbert, Mark. Associated Press, May 15, 2004.]
2004 Republican Convention in New York City
Pataki was instrumental in bringing the
2004 Republican National Conventionto Madison Square Gardenin Manhattan, New York City, which normally votes overwhelmingly Democratic (the Democratic Presidential candidates carried 78 percent of the city vote in both 2000 and 2004 [cite web|title=Summary of election results|publisher=Board of Elections in the City of New York|url=http://vote.nyc.ny.us/results.html|accessdate=2008-03-12] ), had never hosted a Republican Convention. He introduced President George W. Bush. A year prior, Pataki had boasted Bush would carry the state in the 2004 elections; Bush lost New York 58–40 to John Kerry. Pataki notably orated, "This fall, we're going to win one for the Gipper. But our opponents, they're going lose one with the Flipper." [cite web|title=Text: Remarks by Gov. George Pataki at the Republican National Convention|publisher=Washington Post|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57276-2004Sep2.html|accessdate=2008-06-18]
Voter anger with state government
In 2004, there was a growing voter dissatisfaction with how the state government conducted business. Two decades of late budgets and decision making by three men in a room on key issues led to voter anger and the defeat of several legislative incumbents. Pataki started to hold open sessions with legislative leaders on budget issues, and including the minority leaders of the Senate and Assembly in these discussions. In addition he encouraged the adoption of an ontime budget and in 2005 and 2006 the state budget was adopted on time.
tate budget powers
Pataki's term had been marked with annual debates with the State Legislature over the powers allocated to the Executive and Legislative Branches on the adoption of the state budget. Pataki argued that the state constitution and court rulings gave him the power to submit a budget that allocated revenue and set policy. Pataki said the Legislature could then only change the numbers but could not change any policy decisions made in the budget document. Pataki and the Legislature ended up in court and the courts ruled in Pataki's favor, giving him more budgetary power. In 2005, the Legislature placed a constitutional amendment on the ballot to allocate more budget power to them. Pataki led a successful public information campaign to defeat this provision and to retain his budget authority. In 2006, Pataki vetoed a large part of the budget adopted by the Legislature because of these rulings.
Upstate economic development
Pataki had been criticized for not doing enough on the issue of upstate economic development. He created a series of Empire Zones statewide, which served to spur economic growth in cities by providing tax incentives for businesses. In addition, he used the state's banking laws to create banking development zones to entice banks to settle in upstate cities. Pataki considered casino gaming an economic development program for upstate and he sponsored the creation of an Indian casino in Niagara Falls and in Buffalo to spur economic development. He also promoted tourism practices for the upstate economy and created centers for excellence in the sciences in several upstate cities to spur economic growth.
Liberal Republican legacy
In 2003 Pataki made a controversial budget proposal in which he proposed several tax cuts, despite the state's rising deficits. He also made cuts in education and health care funding, which, some say, may close
emergency rooms and turn non-profit hospitalsinto for-profits. Pataki argued that new taxes would drive businesses out-of-state, reducing jobs, further compounding the deficit.
Pataki has always been liberal on social issues. However by his third term, many conservative Republicans simmered over his continued support of
abortionrights, and his heavy lobbyingin favor of a gay rightsbill that had languished in the state Senate for many years due to the opposition of Senate Leader Joseph Bruno. In 2003, Bruno finally gave in; the bill passed the senate and was signed into law by Pataki.
July 27, 2005, Pataki announced his intention not to seek a fourth term as governor in 2006.
Campaign for Fiscal Equity
Pataki's tenure had been marked with the long-standing
Campaign for Fiscal Equitysuit regarding the state's funding of public education. The CFE sued in order to get more state money for the New York City public schools and to guarantee a sound education for all students. Pataki fought the lawsuit, saying that the state should not pay for the increased funding and that the state constitution only guaranteed a sound education until 8th grade. Pataki filed several appeals for the decisions and the final decision will be made after he leaves office.
As a part of the CFE lawsuit, education advocates tried to seek state support and funding for mandatory pre-kindergarten classes in the state's public schools. Pataki blocked this measure, which had support from legislative leaders and was a pet issue of former Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey Ross.
Pataki suffered a burst appendix and had an emergency
appendectomyon February 16, 2006 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Six days later, he developed a post-surgical complication ( bowel obstructioncaused by adhesions) [ the New York Daily News, February 22, 2006 page 5 "GOV HAS ANOTHER SURGERY. BLOCKAGE IN INTESTINESndash PATAKI IS NOW AT HOSP IN CITY"] and was transferred to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center for a second operation. From there, he was discharged on March 6. Doctors advised rest at home since his conditions could last up to a month. On the week of March 20–24, 2006, he appeared at a public press conference looking fit and thinner to comment on the progress of the annual budget and the recent Campaign for Fiscal EquityCFE ruling from the New York state court. During Pataki's two surgeries, when he was under anesthesia, power officially transferred to Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue, making her the state's acting governor. Pataki came under criticism when it was revealed that he and his staff did not inform Donohue that she was acting governor the first time, until after Pataki had woken up and resumed power.
tate Comptroller Alan Hevesi
In October 2006 Pataki named a special counsel to investigate the allegations that State Comptroller
Alan Hevesihad misued state resources when he had a state driver chauffeur his wife around. Pataki's counsel was studying whether Pataki could recommend to the State Senate that Hevesi be removed from office. Pataki's special counsel recommended that Hevesi could be removed, but Pataki declined to recommend removal, saying that it would only apply for Hevesi's term expiring at the end of 2006 and not for his new term starting in 2007. After Hevesi's December 2006 resignation, Pataki briefly considered naming an interim comptroller to serve until the State Legislature named a new comptroller.
Evaluations as Governor of the state of New York
Prior to Pataki's departure
New York Postpolitical writer Fred Dickerauthored a scathing critique of Pataki's tenure, accusing the Governor of broken promises, inattentiveness to his duties, and a focus on maintaining power. It was entitled "Good Riddance" [ [http://www.nypost.com/seven/12282006/postopinion/opedcolumnists/good_riddance_opedcolumnists_fredric_u__dicker.htm GOOD RIDDANCE - New York Post ] ]
On Pataki's final day in office,
The New York Timesran an editorial [cite news |date=2006-12-31 |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/31/opinion/nyregionopinions/CIpataki.html?ex=157680000&en=47d326ea76bcd0a7&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink |title=The George Pataki Era |work=The New York Times |accessdate=2007-01-02] evaluating his twelve years as governor. The Times praised his work on health care and the environment. He was criticized for the lack of tangible reform and the consolidation of power under his watch. The Times was conflicted about his record on crime and the state budget.
During his 1994 campaign, Pataki criticized Cuomo's use of state airplanes and said he would not use the planes as governor. In January 2007, Acting State Comptroller
Tom Sanzilloannounced that he was declining to pay a bill Pataki submitted to the state to lease a private plane to fly to Virginia in December 2006. Acting Comptroller Sanzillo said Pataki could have used a state plane to make the trip. Pataki flew to Virginia on state business in order to inspect steel to be used in the Freedom Tower. The bill was forwarded to the Office of Gov. Eliot Spitzerfor consideration. Spitzer's office ruled that Pataki's campaign committee needed to pay the bill for the private plane, since a state plane could have been used.
Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey Ross
Pataki's 1994 running mate for lieutenant governor was
Betsy McCaughey, an academic best known for her critique of the Clinton health careplan. McCaughey was selected because of her work on the Clinton health care plan. It is reported that Pataki choose McCaughey over sofa bed heiress Bernadette Castrofor the spot. Castro was nominated for the U. S. Senate in 1994.
McCaughey faced problems with Pataki and Pataki's staff from the start. It is reported that Pataki did not like McCaughey's relationship with the press or her public discussion of policy differences the two had. McCaughey also lost support from Pataki when she said that D'Amato had made suggestive comments to her.
In April 1997, Pataki announced that he was dropping Lt. Gov. McCaughey Ross from his 1998 reelection ticket. McCaughey Ross said she would seek elected office in 1998 either as lieutenant governor, governor or to the U. S. Senate. In September of that year, she became a Democrat and unsuccessfully sought the governorship in that party's primary. She was on the 1998 general election ballot as the nominee of the Liberal Party for governor.
Lt. Gov. Mary Donohue
After dropping McCaughey Ross from his 1998 ticket, Pataki considered several replacement running mates. In the spring of 1998 he announced his choice of State Supreme Court Justice
Mary Donohuefor lieutenant governor. It is reported that Pataki also considered State Parks Commissioner Bernadette Castro, Erie County Comptroller Nancy Naplesand State Sen. Mary Lou Rathfor the lieutenant governorship as well. Naples would later join Pataki's Cabinet as State Motor Vehicles Commissioner.
In office, Lt. Gov. Donohue had been relegated to projects outside the governor's inner circle. She worked on school violence prevention, local government, small business, and homeland security issues. Many of her duties consisted of delivering speeches to groups around the state or filling in for Pataki at ceremonial events. Lt. Gov. Donohue has kept a generally low profile around the state.
In 2002, it was reported that Pataki considering dropping Lt. Gov. Donohue from his ticket and asking her to run for state attorney general instead. It is reported that he considered Secretary of State
Randy Danielsand Erie County Executive Joel Giambrafor lieutenant governor. Pataki decided to keep Lt. Gov. Donohue on as his 2002 running mate.
Donohue did not run to succeed Pataki in 2006. In December 2006, Pataki appointed Donohue to be a Judge of the
New York Court of Claims.
After leaving the governorship, Pataki joined the law firm
Chadbourne & Parkein New York [cite web|title=New York: Albany: Pataki Joins Manhattan Law Firm|publisher="The New York Times"|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9403E6DD1231F93BA35750C0A9619C8B63|accessdate=2008-03-12] joining their renewable energy practice. He continued to flirt with a possible bid for President. After ruling out a presidential campaign, Pataki retained his political action committee, which he could legally use to further his own views and other political interests. In addition, Pataki has formed an envonmental consulting firm with his former chief of staff John Cahill, the Pataki-Cahill Group [http://www.patakicahillgroup.com] and work with the Council on Foreign Relatons on climate changeissues. In the climate change issue, he is working with former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack. Pataki has announced that he has no interest in joining the Cabinet of President George W. Bush. United Nations
In September 2007, President Bush appointed Pataki as a United States delegate to the 2007
United Nations General Assemblysession. In this capacity, Pataki attends various meetings of the UN General Assembly and GA committees on behalf of the United States, during the annual GA session. When he was appointed to the post, to which he was confirmed by the United States Senate, Pataki announced he was planning on focusing on climate change and terrorism issues while at the UN. The UN post lasts for the length of the annual GA session.
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Pataki — Personen namens Pataki sind George Pataki, (* 1945), US amerikanischer Politiker Heidi Pataki (1940–2006), österreichische Lyrikerin und Essayistin Jarg Pataki (* 1962), Schweizer Theaterregisseur Michael Pataki (1938–2010), US amerikanischer… … Deutsch Wikipedia
George W. Bush: Declaration of War on Terrorism — ▪ Primary Source On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen Middle Eastern terrorists hijacked four American passenger jets and used the planes as guided missiles to attack symbolic targets on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.… … Universalium
George Elmer Pataki — (* 24. Juni 1945 in Peekskill, New York, Vereinigte Staaten, Sohn ungarischer Einwanderer) ist ein US amerikanischer Politiker der republikanischen Partei. Pataki war von 1995 bis Ende Dezember 2006 Gouverneur des … Deutsch Wikipedia
George Clinton (vice president) — George Clinton 4th Vice President of the United States In office March 4, 1805 – April 20, 1812 President Thomas Jefferson … Wikipedia