New York's first blind governor
When David Paterson was three months old, he got an ear infection that spread to his optic nerve, leaving him legally blind. Fifty-three years later, Eliot Spitzer's resignation, effective Monday, will make him the first blind governor of New York.
"People are fond of saying of people with disabilities that they arejust like everybody else," Paterson told the Associated Press in 2002,when he was elected Democratic leader of the state senate. "But that's just something to say to make them feel better. When you have a disability you are not like everyone else. You are uniquely defined by a lack of vision."