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Paterson Says He's Prepared to Become Governor

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – New York's incoming governor, David Paterson, says his first priority is working with the State Legislature on the new state budget due April 1st. He'll take the oath of office on Monday, succeeding Eliot Spitzer, who announced his resignation Wednesday.

Spitzer is leaving office amid allegations that he was involved with a high-priced prostitution ring. At a news conference in Albany Thursday, Paterson said the legal process against Spitzer needs to play itself out.

Paterson said he supports Governor's Spitzer's program for revitalizing the upstate economy, including Buffalo's.

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