At the State Democratic Party convention in Melville Long Island Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that former Governor David Patterson would become the State Democratic Party Chairman. Patterson replaces Manhattan Democratic County Leader Assemblyman Keith Wright who became the sole state party leader when his co-chair Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner recently stepped down as co-chair after a battle with Governor Cuomo on certain state budget issues.
It is being reported that Assemblyman Wright could be under investigation for putting in for per diems when he was not in Albany. Nothing further has been reported as of now except that Assemblyman Wright said that he told the governor at the time of taking over that he would serve as state party chair for only a two year term.
New state democratic Party Chairman David Patterson said that he is honored to have been asked by the governor to head the state party as it prepares for victory in November. Patterson went on to say all the things that the Democratic Party in New York stands for, and that he is looking forward to working with Governor Andrew Cuomo to build on what the state party has already accomplished.