Pataki, George Elmer

Pataki, George Elmer

(pətä`kē, –tăk`ē), 1945–, U.S. politician, b. Peekskill, N.Y. He graduated from Yale Univ. (1967) and Columbia Law School (1970). A Republican, Pataki served as mayor of Peekskill (1981–84) and in the New York assembly (1985–92) and senate (1992–94). In 1994 he defeated incumbent Mario CuomoCuomo, Mario Matthew
, 1932–2014, American politician, b. New York City. The son of an immigrant grocer, Cuomo attended St. John's Univ., was admitted to the New York bar in 1956, and attracted attention after successfully mediating (1972) a local housing dispute.
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 to become governor of New York state. One of his first acts as governor was to reinstitute the death penalty in the state. He was reelected in 1998 and 2002, but chose not to run in 2006. In 2015 he mounted an abortive run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
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