Hempstead - (WALK) It may be an inspiration to some future governor of New York: Fulton Elementary School is now David A. Paterson Elementary School, in honor of the Fulton grad, and former Governor.
Paterson attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school Wednesday. Dignitaries included U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY).
The former governor was born in Brooklyn, but his family moved to Hempstead in 1958, when Paterson was four years old. Paterson is vision-impaired, his family reportedly made the move to accomodate his special needs.
Paterson was a Hempstead resident for 25 years, served in the New York State Senate, and was elected Lt. Governor in 2006. He became governor after Spitzer resigned in disgrace in 2008 and completed his term. Hempstead school board officials approved the name change in 2010, during Paterson's final year in office.
The new name will be official in September. Let's hope Paterson teachers will keep alive the memory of Fulton's former name-sake, Robert, the Pennsylvania native, born in the 18th century who is widely credited as inventor of the steam boat...