George Pataki

(George Elmer Pataki)

George Pataki
George Pataki
  • Born: June 24, 1945
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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George Elmer Pataki is an American lawyer and Republican politician who served as the 53rd Governor of New York (1995–2006). An attorney by profession, Pataki was elected mayor of his hometown of Peekskill, New York and went on to be elected to the State Assembly and the State Senate. In 1994, Pataki ran for Governor of New York against three-term incumbent Mario Cuomo, defeating him by a margin of more than three points as part of the Republican Revolution of 1994. Pataki would himself be elected to three consecutive terms, and was the third Republican Governor of New York elected since 1923 (the other two were Govs. Thomas E. Dewey and Nelson Rockefeller). As of 2018, Pataki is the most recent Republican to serve as Governor of New York and the most recent Republican to hold statewide office in New York.

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After September 11th, nations from across the globe offered their generous assistance to the people of New York. And whenever our friends around the world need our assistance, New York is there.
After the tragedy, New Yorkers are more united than ever in their vision, as well as in appreciation what living in freedom means - and that if we stand together, we can accomplish anything. Freedom & Liberty
And one of the frustrating parts, but it's an inherent part of our democracy, is we have separation of powers.
But, you know, all I can do is submit my budget and then make the case to the Legislature to act.
First, how to memorialize the heroes of 9/11; second, something that expresses our resolve.
For the first time federal, state and local bureaus of investigation are coordinating their effort, to serve as eyes and ears and protect us against further attacks. Time
I can govern by bringing people together. And also, I've been tested in a way no one else has. I was governor on September 11th, and I'm proud of my leadership in bringing New York through that time. And when I left, we were stronger, we were safer, and we were more united than at any time in my lifetime. Time ;Leaders & Leadership
I don't think you expand entitlements when so many people are dependent on government and when the money the federal government is offering is going to be taken away from you after just a couple of years. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
I have tremendous admiration for everyone who enters the political arena so long as their goal is to do what they believe is right for the people of New York.
I have two sons. Both served. One as a marine officer in Iraq, one as an army officer in Afghanistan. I do not see - want to see one parent or loved one worrying about getting a call in the middle of the night. I would not place one American life at risk unless it was absolutely necessary. But to destroy ISIS, it is necessary. Life
I knew that good people who wanted to be a part of the American dream have become trapped in dependency because the federal government and the state government had made it in their economic interest not to take a job because the benefits that they didn't work were better. I changed that. Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I think there are steps that can be taken that haven't been required or energy to make that fight more secure and we are going to continue to push the federal government to do that. Government
If someone lives in New York, he's a New Yorker - they are entitled to the best medical system in the world. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I'm thinking about governing as the governor of this state, and that's what I'm going to do.
I'm very proud of what we've done with the State University and the City University. They're totally different institutions than they were when I took office.
Israel has always been and must always be America's strongest ally.
Israel is a country that respects freedom - freedom of assembly, freedom of speech and freedom of worship. Freedom & Liberty
It is a very real concern and my view is that everything changed on September 11th and the procedure, the policies that were in place prior to September 11th no longer should apply.
Let's make New York the safest state in America - that must be our goal. Let's achieve it together.
Olympics is global competition in which eighty, ninety, hundred, hundred and ten countries participate.
On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood. All Americans became New Yorkers.
Our decade of change has unleashed the ingenuity, creativity, and character of the most extraordinary people in the world - the people of this state, who come from every corner of the globe.
Religious liberty doesn't include encouraging a fellow American to engage in violent jihad and kill an American here. That is not protected free speech. That is not protected religious belief.
The expansion of tobacco cessation centers is an important part of our historic and continuing effort to help smokers quit. The expansion of these centers will give even more New Yorkers the help they need to quit once and for all.
The moral equation strongly tells everyone who understands freedom, who understands morality, that Israel is engaging in a just war in defense of its people and its freedom. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
There is no moral equivalency between those who would kill using children, innocent civilians, children and adults, in their homes and in their places of worship, to that of a government that is seeking those terrorists before they can engage in that awful activity. Government
This Budget reflects a choice - not an easy choice, but the right choice. And when you think about it, the only choice. The choice to take the responsible, prudent path to fiscal stability, economic growth and opportunity.
We also have a program in place for low income people. A family of four making $26,000 a year can receive medical coverage, irrespective of citizenship or what documents. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Families, Children & Parenting
We are going through tough economic times but things are looking up, and the indicators are improving not only for large corporations but also for small business. Business, Commerce & Finance
We can't just throw a switch and say Indian Point is going to be safe, we have to look long-term because it will ultimately be decommissioned and we have to work aggressively now to bring in new sources of power. Power ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We have a reliable computerized network devoted to counterterrorist activities.
We have been actively trying to have New York City host the 2012 Olympics.
We know that when people are safe in their homes, they are free to pursue their dream for a brighter economic future for themselves and their families. Future
We passed important laws to give the authorities responsible for investigation wide powers to defend us.
We will emerge stronger as a diverse community; the area will be rebuilt with life around the clock, new buildings, restaurants, places of entertainment. Life
Well, I know I worked for Governor Rockefeller the last time he ran for his fourth term, and I obviously ran against Governor Cuomo the time he ran for his fourth term. Time
What I did in New York was bring people together, an overwhelmingly Democratic state. But I was able to get Democrats to support the most conservative sweeping policy changes in any state in America.
When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves. Government
When I left, there were over 1 million fewer people on welfare in New York state than when I took office, replacing dependency with opportunity.
When I look at Washington today, we need to bring us together. We need to solve problems, we need to rebuild our military so we can stand up to radical Islam, we need to get our economy growing much faster by throwing out the corrupt tax code and lowering the rates.
You know, Hillary Clinton's always saying how Republicans don't follow science? Well, they're the ones not listening to the scientists today, because doctors say that at 20 weeks that is a viable life inside the womb. And at that point, it's a life that we have the right to protect, and I think we should protect. Life ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
You know, there are some areas of the state that are providing enormous help to their students; there are others where they're not doing what they can.