George Pataki was born on June 24, 1945,in Peekskill, New York. He is a 1967 graduate of Yale University and a 1970 graduate of Columbia Law School[?]. Before being elected Governor, George Pataki served 10 years in the New York state Legislature and was Mayor of Peekskill. He was first elected Governor of New York in 1994, he was reelected in 1998 and 2002.
The Governor and his wife, Elizabeth have four children.
In 1999, Governor Pataki signed into law comprehensive health care legislation that provided health insurance coverage, under Family Health Plus, to lower income adults who do not have health insurance through their employers.
In 2003, Pataki made a controversial budget proposal in which he proposed several tax cuts, despite the state's rising deficits. He also made cuts in education and health care funding which, some say, may close emergency rooms and turn non-profit hospitals into for-profit.