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Mar 12,2008
Spitzer out, Paterson in as N.Y. governor
by UPI

NEW YORK - Eliot Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York Wednesday, unable to survive reports linking him to a prostitution ring and suspect money transfers.

Lt. Gov. David Paterson takes over the governorship, becoming the state's first black and legally blind governor. Spitzer said the resignation is effective Monday at Paterson's request.

"I am deeply sorry I did not live up to what was expected," Spitzer said from his New York office, accompanied at the podium by his wife. "To every New Yorker ... I sincerely apologize."

"As I leave public life, I will do what I need to do to heal." Eventually, he said, he hopes to "serve the common good" outside of politics.

Republican Sen. Joe Bruno, state Senate majority leader, becomes acting lieutenant governor.

Spitzer is allegedly the person identified in court papers as the "Client 9" who paid for a prostitute to travel from New York to Washington Feb. 13 to meet him at a hotel. The court papers, including details of wiretapped conversations, suggested Spitzer was a regular client of the Emperors Club VIP, an escort service.

North Fork Bank's notification to the U.S. Treasury Department's financial crimes network about suspicious activity on one of Spitzer's personal accounts triggered the investigation, The Washington Post reported. The bank's report flagged Spitzer's attempt to structure a $10,000 cash transaction into three parts.

Information about the investigation and Spitzer's link to the high-price prostitution ring came to light Monday. Spitzer has been in seclusion with his family at his New York apartment since then.

© 2008 United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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  • Spitzer should move to Siberia now, he has never had a friend in Ny anyways. he has always thought he was above the law and now hiring a prostitiute...funneeee man! Just ridiculous that any man would ruin his entire life over a 30second orgasm..men are so weak..more proof that a woman needs to run this country..MORE REASON TO VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON!!
  • (Posted on March 12, 2008, 9:28 am Julie Rosen)

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