Keynote Speaker: George E. Pataki
George E. Pataki, the 53rd governor of New York State, gave the keynote address to the Class of 2006 on Graduation Day.
George E. Pataki was elected Governor on November 8, 1994. He was re-elected in November 1998 and then won re-election to a third term in November 2002.
He is now the longest serving governor in the United States. Governor Pataki was born in Peekskill, New York on June 24, 1945 and raised on his parents’ family farm. He is a 1967 graduate of Yale University and a 1970 graduate of Columbia Law School, both of which he attended on academic scholarships.
The Governor and his wife, the former Elizabeth (Libby) Rowland, reside in Garrison, N.Y., along the lower Hudson River. They have four children: Emily (a 2006 graduate of Columbia Law School), Teddy, Allison and George Owen.
Before being elected Governor, George Pataki served 10 years in the New York State Legislature. He was also the youngest Mayor ever elected in his hometown of Peekskill, and was re-elected with the largest plurality in the City’s history.