Day One For Governor Eliot Spitzer
November 8th, 2006

Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer promised change on day one, and most New York newspapers offer an opinion today of what he is facing, or what they expect him to do when the 56th governor of New York takes office in 53 days:

Daily News (second editorial): Smite Medicaid, pay-to-play, bloated spending, crushing taxes, unfair school aid.

Daily News Columnist Bill Hammond: Fire Hevesi

Daily News Columnist Errol Louis: Face down the immovable object that is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

New York Post: Fire Hevesi, neutralize Silver; scrub Albany clean

Newsday: ethics reform, the right combination of seasoned insiders and new blood to staff the government; the first budget, which should have deep but intelligent cuts to Medicaid and to make a good-faith downpayment toward settling the New York City school-funding suit.

New York Times: Mr. Spitzer has repeatedly promised to do in Albany what he did on Wall Street as attorney general. That means cleaning up cronyism and the culture of secrecy. But his plans for reform are by no means limited to the way the political game is played. He promises Medicaid reform, debt reform and court reform each one involving entrenched interests that benefit from the status quo. At the same time, he vows to make New York a national leader in the areas where leadership has failed in Washington, like education, civil rights, the environment and housing. Mr. Spitzer will hardly be doing it all in his first hundred days. But we do expect to see immediate action on his central promise to make state government more responsive to the people and to clean up the way special-interest money distorts policy in the state.

By on November 8, 2006, 9:46 am
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One Response to “Day One For Governor Eliot Spitzer”

  1. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » So, What else Is Going on? Says:
    November 9th, 2006 at 4:34 pm

    […] Two days after the election and the topics for discussion seem to be exhausted. The Democrats have taken the Senate and the House — we won’t have to wait through a recount. Plus, by now everyone has noted that Charlie Rangel is going to be really powerful, and made their predictions about whether or not Eliot Spitzer will be able to change Albany and when Hillary Clinton will announce that she’s running for president. […]

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