Pataki not running for governor, seeks 'new path'

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – George Pataki has made it official -- he won't run for a fourth term as governor next year.
Pataki held a noon-time news conference at the state Capital to announce that it's time for him to step aside and let another New Yorker lead the Empire State.
With his wife, children and mother sitting nearby, Pataki told the gathering that he would follow a ``new path'' when his third term is completed at the end of 2006.
The 60-year-old Republican gave no indication during his brief speech if that would mean seeking the G-O-P nomination for
president in 2008.
In his speech, Pataki said New York has accomplished ``amazing
things'' during his year's as governor. He specifically mentioned the aftermath of the September eleventh terrorist attacks, when he says New Yorkers ``answered hatred with heroism, cowardice with courage.''

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