POLITICS
03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

New York Governor David Paterson Makes Fun Of His Blindness, Cracks Jewish Joke, Makes Fun Of GOP Leader In First Speech

New York's new Governor David Paterson drew applause and hoots of laughter as he delivered an inaugural speech laden with jokes about fellow Albany lawmakers. Paterson made fun of his disability - he is legally blind - by recounting how Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver prevented him from cracking his gavel down on a glass. According to Paterson, Silver said that event would have turned the legislature into a "Jewish wedding." Paterson also knocked the republican State Senator Joseph Bruno's tough-guy person by saying he'd go to his upstate New York ranch for dinner only if he brought his "taster" along.

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