David Paterson
David Paterson

Former New York governor David Paterson has joined Kivvit, the PA and strategic communications shop.

The Democratic politico will provide strategic counsel and help Kivvit’s managing partners develop and implement a diversity, equity and inclusion plan.

Paterson was lieutenant governor when he succeeded governor Elliot Spitzer upon his resignation in 2008 due to a prostitution scandal. He is the Empire State’s only Black governor.

Paterson said that he's worked with a lot of PA firms, but none of them impressed him as much as Kivvit. “Their continued commitment to data, analytics and innovation is unparalleled in this space,” he said in a statement.

Kivvit also announced the hiring of Josh Vlasto as managing director.

He was press secretary to NY senator Chuck Schumer, chief of staff to governor Andrew Cuomo and head of corporate communications at MacAndrews and Forbes.