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Eliot Spitzer with wife Silda at last year's gubernatorial inauguration (Photo: Nancie Battaglia)
Eliot Spitzer with wife Silda at last year's gubernatorial inauguration (Photo: Nancie Battaglia)

Spitzer announces his resignation, Lt. Gov Paterson & Sen. Little react

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Gov. Eliot Spitzer today announced his resignation, completing a spectacular fall from power amid a prostitution scandal. Spitzer made the brief announcement to dozens of reporters at the Governor's Manhattan office. Spitzer spoke with his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, by his side. The governor took no questions, turning away from the podium at the close of his written remarks.

Spitzer says his resignation is effective Monday. He will be replaced by Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who will become New York's first black governor.

The Lt. Gov. released this statement shortly after Spitzer's appearance: "Like all New Yorkers I am saddened by what we have learned over the past several days. On a personal level Governor Spitzer and Silda have been close and steadfast friends. As an elected official the Governor has worked hard for the people of New York. My heart goes out to him and to his family at this difficult and painful time. I ask all New Yorkers to join Michelle and me in prayer for them. It is now time for Albany to get back to work as the people of this state
expect from us."

State Senator Betty Little, from Queensbury, also issued a statement: "Amid the news of the scandal, as I have watched this unbelievable and sad story unfold, it has been the visits by constituents here in Albany over the past three days that have continually reminded me of our responsibility to govern. We have so many outstanding issues to address and pressing matters that warrant our full attention. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson has reached out to members on both sides of the aisle in both houses, inviting us to work cooperatively on behalf of all New Yorkers when he officially becomes governor on Monday. He has my commitment to do so. We all need to rise above this."

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