By MAGGIE HABERMAN
March 12, 2008 -- New York's next first lady has always made one thing clear - she's more than just Mrs. David Paterson.
Michelle Paige is "David's wife, but that's not the badge she wears," said former state Comptroller Carl McCall. "She likes to be accepted for what she is, as a professional."
The 46-year-old mother of two is a health care-management expert who is an executive at HIP Health Plans involved with its charitable arm, after working for years as a community liaison at North General Hospital.
Somehow, I wouldn't be surprised if, in the grand tradition of Michelle Obama, she gets her salary in the health care industry almost tripled in the coming months.