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Ex-Gov. Paterson appointed to MTA board

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday appointed former Gov. David Paterson to the board of directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees the subways, buses, bridges and the Long Island Rail Road as well as MetroNorth.

The appointment will fill the board slot vacated by the resignation in January of Nancy Shevell, wife of Beatle Paul McCartney.

The 57-year-old Paterson, a former state senator and the state’s first black governor, has worked as a talk show host since he left office in 2010.

The appointment to the board, which is unpaid, is subject to approval by the New York State Senate.

Paterson became governor in 2008 when Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned amid a sex scandal. Paterson’s tenure involved massive money problems, late budgets and numerous controversies.

Reach contributing writer Philip Newman by e-mail at or phone at 718-260-4536.

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