Glynn — During the traditional midnight ceremony on January 1, , Spitzer was sworn in as Governor of New York. A public ceremony was held at 1 p. Legislative measures supported[ edit ] Jonathan's Law — In May Governor Spitzer signed this legislation concerning parental and guardian access to files and records concerning their children and child abuse investigations.
Roadblocks to reform[ edit ] Spitzer speaking in April Spitzer's reform-based platform, and his pledge "to change the ethics of Albany ", hit an early roadblock when his ideas on how to fill vacancies in the executive department were defeated by the state legislature. According to the New York State Constitution , it is the duty of the state legislature to fill executive vacancies. The governor was criticized as unreasonable for admonishing the legislature when it took constitutional actions.
Spitzer had backed an outside panel to draft a list of qualified candidates; the legislature resisted Spitzer's desires when these included no legislators. The final vote was for DiNapoli and 56 for Stark. Stark's main support came from Democrats in the Senate, along with Republicans in both chambers. Magnarelli and George S.
Latimer in Syracuse and Westchester County respectively , and publicly criticized them for their votes on DiNapoli; he had plans to exert similar pressure on other of his party's legislators. While the state did pass a budget on schedule in , the ultimate results fell short of what many reformers hoped Spitzer would achieve.
The New York Post opined, "Spitzer promised reform, and delivered something completely different" and termed the budget itself "bitterly disappointing. During Spitzer's first year the state payroll increased, aggravating the budget problem. The —09 budget includes measures to counter financial effects of the crisis in the financial sector starting in the second half of That is why I requested that the State Inspector General review the allegations with respect to my office, and that is why we have fully cooperated with both inquiries.
Spitzer's single most unpopular decision since he took office. This information originally came to the attention of authorities from a federal wiretap. I cannot allow for my private failings to disrupt the people's work. Over the course of my public life, I have insisted—I believe correctly—that people take responsibility for their conduct. I can and will ask no less of myself. For this reason, I am resigning from the office of governor. While it remains unclear if Spitzer stayed in the hotel on the nights he booked, The Times has stated that Spitzer met with prostitutes in early Spitzer declined to comment on the issue.
They cited that no evidence of misuse of public funds was found and therefore it would not serve the public interest to press charges against Spitzer, who offered an apology for his conduct, saying "I appreciate the impartiality and thoroughness of the investigation by the U.
Attorney's Office, and I acknowledge and accept responsibility for the conduct it disclosed. The Washington Post published a Spitzer opinion piece in November conveying his analysis of the financial crisis of and suggested remedies. Spitzer concluded the piece by saying that he hoped the Obama Administration would make the right policy choices, "although mistakes I made in my private life now prevent me from participating in these issues as I have in the past.
On June 24, , CNN announced that Spitzer would be joining the network to host a "round-table" discussion program alongside center-right commentator Kathleen Parker. Parker Spitzer, compared by some media outlets to the defunct Crossfire , replaced Campbell Brown in the 8: ET timeslot on weeknights starting in October.
It was a continuation of what I tried to do in government. And that doesn't fit with their vision of what they are going to do. He became a member of the company's board of directors. The New York Daily News reported Spitzer had been accused of attacking the woman, who tried to kill herself by slitting her wrists after the incident.
Travis subsequently recanted her accusations and no charges were filed. On October 12, Travis-Zakharova, 26,  faced state charges of grand larceny by extortion, while also being investigated for prostitution. She had been Spitzer's spokesperson during his run for comptroller.