Gov. George E. Pataki served three terms as the 53rd Governor of New York State from 1995 through 2006. He brings to the American Security Council Foundation his experience in law and public service. Governor Pataki began his political career as the Mayor of his hometown of Peekskill in New York’s Hudson Valley before serving for 10 years in the state legislature.
As Governor, he led an unprecedented reduction in crime, transforming New York from the sixth most dangerous state to the safest large state in America. He reformed the State’s welfare system, reducing welfare rolls by more than one million individuals – the lowest level in more than three decades. While in office Governor Pataki reduced New Yorkers’ taxes by a combined total of well over 100 billion dollars, far more than any other state in the nation. He also led the way in environmental protection, conserving over a million acres of land in New York State and enacting pro-growth policies aimed at developing a renewable and alternative energy market.
On September 11th, 2001 New York suffered the greatest attack on the American Homeland in our nation’s history. Thousands of innocent civilians lost their lives, and thousands more were affected by the devastating aftermath. Governor Pataki provided critical leadership after the attacks, helping to coordinate city, state, and federal resources for rescue and recovery operations. He enacted the nation’s toughest anti-terrorism law and led an unprecedented effort to rebuild and revitalize Lower Manhattan.
Upon leaving office in 2007, Governor Pataki joined the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke, LLP as Counsel. Governor Pataki is a 1967 graduate of Yale University and 1970 graduate of Columbia University Law School. He and his wife Elizabeth (Libby) reside in Garrison, NY. They have four grown children: Emily, Teddy, Allison, and Owen.