Spitzer successor praised


Jewish leaders had warm words for the successor to disgraced New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Lt.-Gov. David Paterson will assume the governorship on Monday. Spitzer announced his resignation Wednesday.

“He’s great,” said New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat. “You know what I would call him? The ultimate mensch. And I don’t use that phrase very often.”

Paterson has a long record of involvement with the Jewish community, serving on the Black-Jewish Alliance, a coalition of elected officials created by Hikind earlier this year to combat racism and anti-Semitism.

Paterson also traveled to Israel for the first time in October on a trip sponsored by the American Jewish Committee.


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