03/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Michelle Paige Paterson: Who Is New York's New First Lady?

Now that her husband, David Paterson, has become governor of New York, Michelle Paterson, 46, is suddenly in the spotlight. So far, suffice to say, it has not been the most ideal of introductions. Discussions of extramarital affairs aside, who is the first lady of New York state?

* Michelle Paige Paterson was born in California in 1961 and raised in New York City. (Wikipedia)
* She holds degrees from Syracuse and the Milano Graduate School in New York City. (Wikipedia)
* She's been married to the governor for 16 years, but generally introduces herself as Paige, not Paterson. (NYPost)
* A health care-management expert, she currently works as an executive at HIP Health Plans. (NYPost)
* A mother of two, her marriage to David Paterson is her second. (NYPost)
* An avid runner and health nut (NY Daily News)
* Following her husband's comments about his previous affairs, Paterson explained that ""Like most marriages, you go through certain difficult periods," Michelle Paterson said. "What's important is for your kids to see you worked them out."(NY Daily News)

See a photo slideshow Of Michelle Paterson via the New York Daily News

Read more about Gov. Paterson's extra-marital affairs here