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Cuomo's Democratic chairman stepping down; Paterson to take over

Assemb. Keith Wright with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Assemb. Keith Wright with U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand at a New York State Democratic Party breakfast event in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. Photo Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's hand-picked chairman of the state Democratic Party is leaving his post.

"I'm stepping down," Assemb. Keith Wright (D-Manhattan) said as Democrats arrived Wednesday at the Huntington Hilton to kick off their 2014 convention.

Insiders said former Gov. David A. Paterson has the inside track to replace Wright -- who declined to comment about who might succeed him.

"It will be all taken care of," Wright said.

Wright, along with Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, had been picked by Cuomo to replace Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs as the state party leader.

[UPDATE]

 Cuomo now officially has announced that Paterson will take over.

 In a statement, Cuomo said: “Governor Paterson is one of New York State’s finest public servants with a lifetime of fighting for a stronger and more progressive State, and there is no one better prepared to lead the State Democratic Party. I am pleased to welcome him on board and look forward to working together with him to strengthen our State and our Party. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Keith Wright and Stephanie Miner for their service.”

 

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