Assemb. Keith Wright has stepped down as state chairman of the Democratic Party, replaced by former Gov. David A. Paterson. Newsday first reported the transition earlier today.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who had installed Wright (D-Manhattan) and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner as co-chairs in 2012, officially announced the move as the party kicked off its 2014 convention in Melville.

Cuomo, in a statement, said: “Governor Paterson is one of New York State’s finest public servants with a lifetime of fighting for a stronger and more progressive state, and there is no one better prepared to lead the state Democratic Party. I am pleased to welcome him on board and look forward to working together with him to strengthen our state and our party. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Keith Wright and Stephanie Miner for their service.”