Skip to main content
Flashback: Pataki's 1984 Assembly run
Email share
George Pataki
WMHT/Inside Albany

Summertime marks a good opportunity to dig deep into our archives and this week we unearthed a gem that hasn't seen the light of day in 32 years.

In 1984 a successful and well-liked mayor in the Westchester city of Peekskill decided to run for the New York State Assembly.  The 6' 5" gangly Republican candidate was George Elmer Pataki.  The then-thirty-nine year old took on Assemblyman William Ryan, a Democrat elected just two years before.  The story originally aired on the longtime PBS public affairs program "Inside Albany."  Dave Hepp reported on the matchup as the show examined some of the tightly-contested races around the state.