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Gov. Paterson Gives The Law School A Shoutout

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New York Gov. David Paterson poses for a photo with disabled N.Y. delegates after speaking about disability issues before the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

New York Gov. David Paterson poses for a photo with disabled N.Y. delegates after speaking about disability issues before the Democratic National Convention. (Samuel Rubenfeld/The Chronicle)

DENVER–When New York Gov. David Paterson spoke before the convention, he delivered a stinging attack on John McCain, but he also told his own story, explaining his blindness, and he also mentioned his educational roots, which include the University’s Law School.

“I was born in Brooklyn, and I grew up in Harlem and on Long Island,” he said to thunderous applause from the New York delegation. “I graduated from Hempstead High School, Columbia University and Hofstra Law School.”

He spoke early in the day’s session, around 4 p.m., resulting in a largely empty auditorium, but the presence of the New York delegation was loud and clear.

After explaining how an infection as an infant left him totally blind in one eye and legally blind in the other, he said, “Somehow between that low moment and tonight, I have been lucky enough to have been chosen to speak before this magnificent assembly as the governor of the State of New York.

“Whatever achievements that I have made, I am always aware of how lucky I am. There were people I knew who were smarter than me. There were those who worked harder and perhaps were more dedicated,” he said. ”But for the lack of opportunity, one of them would be standing here talking to you this evening. My story is somewhat unique, but in many ways it is not. It is the overall promise that this nation has made that if a person works hard enough, that they can make the most of their God-given talents.”

His speech though, was about hard times, and he emphasized that the promise he referred to was washed away by the Bush administration by foreclosure and economic turmoil.

The dream deficit was especially felt by people with disabilities, including a 95 percent unemployment rate amongst deaf people, Paterson said.

Instead of giving McCain and Republicans four more years, he said, “let’s give them four more months.”

–Samuel Rubenfeld

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Written by chroniclenews

August 26, 2008 at 9:20 pm

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  1. Nice shot!

    Jackie Hlavenka

    August 28, 2008 at 2:31 pm


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