George Pataki

George Elmer Pataki is a former New York governor who served as the state’s 53rd governor from 1995 to 2006. Pataki, an attorney by trade, was elected mayor of his hometown of Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to the State Assembly and the State Senate. Pataki campaigned for Governor of New York in 1994, ousting three-term incumbent Mario Cuomo by more than three points as part of the Republican Revolution of 1994. Pataki would go on to be elected to three consecutive terms as New York’s third Republican governor since 1923. (the other two were Thomas E. Dewey and Nelson Rockefeller). The year 2021