The first African-American governor of New York and the second legally blind Governor in US history. He became the fifty-fifth Governor of New York in 2008 after Governor Eliot Spitzer had to resign after it was revealed that he frequented high-end prostitutes, and he served for two years.
An ear infection he contracted as a child left him blind in his left eye and ruined his vision in his right eye.
Despite initially criticizing Fred Armisen's impression of him on Saturday Night Live he later appeared on the show beside Armisen.
He married Michelle Paige Paterson in 1992 and they raised a son named Alex Patterson. His father, Basil Paterson, served as a New York state senator and deputy mayor.
He was the governor of New York and was succeeded by Andrew Cuomo.