- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Former New York Gov. David Paterson is stepping down from his post as the leader of the state’s Democrats.

Paterson had served as chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee since May of last year. He announced his resignation on Wednesday. There’s no word on who will take over the party, which is largely controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Paterson thanked Cuomo and other Democratic leaders for their support Wednesday and said he will always feel fortunate to have led his party. Aside from leading the Democrats in the 2014 elections, Paterson also emerged as a staunch Cuomo supporter, often taking aim at the governor’s critics on his behalf.

In a statement, Cuomo praised Paterson’s contributions as governor and said he was an “outstanding” chairman of the party.

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