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Thursday, 13 March 2008

Blind New Yorker making history

Worth recording that with the demise of Elliot Spitzer, 'client #9' of a rich man's brothel, New York State now has the first blind Govenor in the US.

David Paterson is also the first black Governor of New York.

He is the most senior blind politician in the world, after the demise of David Blunkett (Gordon Brown is blind in one eye).

An infection during infancy left him with no sight in his left eye and severely limited vision in his right. He has optic atrophy.

He is the son of Basil Paterson, who was the first African American Deputy Mayor of New York City.

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