Eliot Spitzer
New York State Attorney General and Governor of New York
Eliot Spitzer
Eliot Laurence Spitzer is an American lawyer, political commentator, and former Democratic Party politician. He was the co-host of In the Arena, a talk-show and punditry forum broadcast on CNN until CNN cancelled his show in July 2011. He served as the 54th Governor of New York from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008 in the wake of the exposure of his involvement as a client of Emperors Club VIP.
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This Is How Much Money Advocates Say New York State Owes Public Schools
Huffington Post - 6 days
Want to see how much money New York state owes to a public school, according to education advocates? There’s an app for that. A new website app called WhatIsMySchoolOwed.com, from the Alliance For Quality Education and Public Policy and Education Fund of New York, seeks to give parents and teachers a closer look at state funding for local schools. The site’s calculator is based on a 2006 state Supreme Court ruling in a decades-long legal case that found the state had underfunded New York City schools. A year after the ruling, the state created a new school-funding formula, increasing money to disadvantaged districts. The governor at the time, Eliot Spitzer, pledged billions in additional funds over the next few years.  The state never followed through on the promises, advocates say. Under the new funding formula, the state paid billions to school districts. But after Spitzer resigned and the economic crisis hit, state aid was scaled back. Ever since, advocacy groups have ...
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Bernie Sanders Says This House Race Is The Most Important In The Country
Huffington Post - 4 months
Bernie Sanders made a closing pitch for progressive icon Zephyr Teachout on Thursday, calling her House contest “the most important Congressional race in the country.” In a fundraising email sent to Teachout supporters, the Vermont senator cast Teachout’s campaign to replace outgoing Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) as a battle between three super PAC billionaires and working people. “You have at least three billionaires, including Sheldon Adelson, pouring millions of dollars into super PACs to try and buy this seat in Congress,” Sanders wrote. “The super PAC funded by Adelson has spent more money attacking Zephyr than they have for any other candidate in the country. ... These billionaires know that she will fight in Congress to take on corruption, stop bad trade deals, and fight for working people.” Teachout, a Democrat who built her academic career studying political corruption and corporate monopolies, is locked in a very tight race with former New York State Assemblyman John ...
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Eliot Spitzer Testifies in Extortion Case
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
The former New York governor appeared before a grand jury that is weighing whether to indict a woman accused of extorting $400,000 from him.
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Woman accused of trying to extort money from ex-Gov. Spitzer
Yahoo News - 4 months
NEW YORK (AP) — A young Russian woman who put former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer back in the tabloid headlines last winter when she told doctors he had choked her at a Manhattan hotel has been arrested for trying to extort money from him, police said.
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Ex-AIG chief Hank Greenberg, 91, testifies in fraud case
Yahoo News - 5 months
More than a decade after he was sued over accounting fraud, former American International Group Inc Chairman Maurice "Hank" Greenberg on Tuesday took the witness stand to defend himself, repeatedly describing one claim against him as "only a small part" of the insurer's business. Greenberg, 91, is on trial on civil charges brought in 2005 by then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Greenberg, a World War Two veteran, wore a dark suit with a French Legion of Honor pin on his lapel.
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Finally, It's Spitzer v. Greenberg
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
In 2005, then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed a financial-fraud lawsuit against Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, who was CEO of AIG at the time. Next week, the case is finally set to go to trial.
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'Weiner': A Punchline or a Riff on Politicians' Peccadilloes
Huffington Post - 9 months
Really? Anthony Weiner wants unconditional love. This big baby, as he appears for real in Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg's entertaining documentary Weiner, the former congressman wants to parlay his dick on the Internet and be elected for office. That's the size of it. After having been outed for this offense, Weiner ran for mayor, the occasion for the film. Josh Kriegman used to work for him and had the politician's confidence. By Weiner's side, his wife, the formidable Huma Abedin, aide to Hillary Clinton, grimaces but stands by her man. She is the most compelling reason to take this guy seriously; unrepentant the first time, he does it again. This bizarre self-destruction may belong to the Eliot Spitzer school of politics, but in the Alex Gibney documentary about the New York governor, Client 9, at least he could identify his hubris. Not Anthony Weiner! But still, for this movie, he is a relentless, charismatic star. You see him in action, flag-waving in parades. And, you see S ...
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One More Time, Eliot Spitzer Applies Damage Control
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
News that the former New York governor is under investigation for an encounter with a 25-year-old woman in a hotel room all but puts a nail in the coffin of any political future, friends and former advisers said.
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Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer denies accusation of assault - Los Angeles Times
Google News - about 1 year
Los Angeles Times Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer denies accusation of assault Los Angeles Times Police are investigating a woman's report that she was assaulted by former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer in a room at the Plaza Hotel, an allegation his attorney said was false and created by someone with "emotional difficulties." Attorney Adam Kaufmann ... What We Know About the Woman Eliot Spitzer Met With in NYABC News Eliot Spitzer accuser recanted, apologized, lawyer saysFox News USDA changes food stamp rules to increase access to healthy foodsTorrington Register Citizen Jewocity.com (press release) (blog) all 63 news articles »
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New York police probe assault claim against Eliot Spitzer; lawyer disputes
Reuters.com - about 1 year
(Reuters) - New York City police on Monday said an investigation was ongoing regarding a woman's claim that former Governor Eliot Spitzer assaulted her at a Manhattan hotel, while his lawyer said the alleged victim has recanted and apologized in an email.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Eliot Spitzer
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 56
    In February 2016 Spitzer was briefly investigated by the New York City Police Department after being accused of assault by Svetlana Travis, a woman from Russia, in an incident that supposedly occurred at the Plaza Hotel on February 13, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Ms. Travis subsequently recanted her accusations and no charges were filed. Biographies and profiles: Interviews: Media coverage: Critics: Reports: companies:
  • 2013
    Age 53
    Eliot Spitzer lost the primary on September 10, 2013 to Scott Stringer.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Spitzer became an active investor in TipRanks, an Israeli financial technology start-up company that ranks Wall Street analysts. He became a member of the company's board of directors.
    On July 7, 2013, Spitzer announced he was running for New York City Comptroller, and would start a petition the following day. 3,750 valid signatures from registered voters from his party were required by July 11 to register for the race but Spitzer was able to submit over 27,000 signatures to the city Board of Elections before the deadline.
    More Details Hide Details Spitzer commented that he was asking for forgiveness, and hopeful that voters could forgive him.
    She had been Spitzer's spokesperson during his 2013 run for comptroller.
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    At the close of 2013 Spitzer and his wife announced the end of their marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Spitzer is reported to have had a romantic affair with Lis Smith, a 31-year-old spokesperson for then New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
    On May 31, 2013 Spitzer and his wife were reported to be living apart.
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    On January 6, 2013, Spitzer announced that he had left both Viewpoint and Current TV, and that he would not be joining Current TV in its latest venture with Al Jazeera. "Moving forward, their mission will be different," he said.
    More Details Hide Details He also stated: "For me, journalism has been more a matter of projecting a particular approach to covering policies, to covering issues. 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."
  • 2012
    Age 52
    On March 30, 2012, Spitzer joined Al Gore's cable television network, Current TV, in the wake of the sudden firing of Keith Olbermann from the network, and immediately began hosting his own program Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    On June 24, 2010, CNN announced that Spitzer would be joining the network to host a "round-table" discussion program alongside center-right commentator Kathleen Parker.
    More Details Hide Details Parker Spitzer, compared by some media outlets to the defunct Crossfire, replaced Campbell Brown in the 8:00 p.m. ET timeslot on weeknights starting in October. In February 2011, CNN announced that Parker was leaving the show, which was renamed In the Arena on February 28, 2011. On July 6, 2011, CNN announced it was canceling In the Arena and shifting Anderson Cooper 360° to the 8 p.m. time slot.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    He also made a number of television appearances in 2009 and 2010, including Real Time with Bill Maher and Campbell Brown (CNN program), as well as appearing as a substitute anchor on MSNBC.
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    Spitzer took on various public speaking arrangements, beginning with a discussion with the New York chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization on June 17, 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 48
    Spitzer became a regular columnist for Slate magazine and in December, 2008 Slate published the first of a new series of columns by Spitzer dedicated to the economy.
    More Details Hide Details On August 22, 2011, The New York Times reported that Spitzer has been sued for a combined $90 million over an August 22, 2010 Slate column about Wall Street firm Marsh & McLennan by two former executives of the company, claiming that they were libeled by the column. The lawsuit by one of the executives was dismissed the following year.
    Spitzer continued to make public appearances and engage in media commitments following his resignation. The Washington Post published a Spitzer opinion piece in November 2008 conveying his analysis of the financial crisis of 2008 and suggested remedies.
    More Details Hide Details 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."
    In November 2008, prosecutors in charge of the case announced that Spitzer would not face criminal charges for his involvement in the sex ring citing they found no evidence of misuse of public funds and therefore pressing charges would not serve the public interest.
    More Details Hide Details Spitzer offered an apology for his conduct saying "I appreciate the impartiality and thoroughness of the investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office, and I acknowledge and accept responsibility for the conduct it disclosed." In September 2009, Spitzer joined the City College of New York as an adjunct instructor of political science and taught an undergraduate course called "Law and Public Policy."
    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 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Spitzer declined to comment on the issue.
    On July 16, 2008, The New York Times made public that Spitzer used campaign funds to pay for two Mayflower Hotel bookings, $411.06 apiece, where he was suspected to have met with prostitutes.
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    In the wake of the revelations, Spitzer announced on March 12, 2008, that he would resign his post as governor at noon on March 17, 2008, amid threats of his impeachment by state lawmakers.
    More Details Hide Details "I cannot allow for my private failings to disrupt the people's work," Spitzer said at a news conference in New York City. "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." Spitzer's lieutenant governor, David Paterson, succeeded him as governor of New York State and served the remaining 2 3/4 years of Spitzer's four year term.
    On March 10, 2008, The New York Times reported that Spitzer had previously patronized a high-priced prostitution service called Emperors Club VIP and met for two hours with a $1,000-an-hour call girl.
    More Details Hide Details This information originally came to the attention of authorities from a federal wiretap. Spitzer had at least seven or eight liaisons with women from the agency over six months, and paid more than $15,000. According to published reports, investigators believe Spitzer paid up to $80,000 for prostitutes over a period of several years while he was attorney general, and later as governor. Spitzer first drew the attention of federal investigators when his bank reported suspicious money transfers under the anti-money laundering provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act and the Patriot Act. The resulting investigation, triggered by the belief that Spitzer may have been hiding bribe proceeds, led to the discovery of the prostitution ring.
    The investigations of the event, dubbed "Troopergate" by media outlets, were not affected by Spitzer's resignation. As of March 2008, four probes by the state Attorney General's office, the State Senate Investigations Committee, the Albany County District Attorney's Office, and the New York Commission on Public Integrity were ongoing.
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    The 2008–09 budget includes measures to counter financial effects of the crisis in the financial sector starting in the second half of 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Spitzer was criticized by members of the New York State Legislature for failing to compromise on issues during his first few months as governor. In one exchange, according to the New York Post, Spitzer told New York State Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco: "Listen, I'm a f - - -king sic on Post website steamroller and I'll roll over you and anybody else", although they reported that neither party had provided the confirmation the Post sought. Spitzer's reputation as a "steamroller" was shared by a plurality of New Yorkers in a Quinnipiac University poll, but by a 3 to 1 margin they believed the tactic had been unsuccessful and had only added to political gridlock. Tedisco later accused Spitzer of cutting $300,000 of state funding for health care and education grants in the Schenectady area as retaliation for Tedisco's opposition to the Spitzer plan to allow illegal immigrants New York State driver's licenses. Tedisco accused the Governor of "dirty tricks" and "bullying".
    Spitzer resigned as New York's governor in 2008 in the midst of a scandal concerning his involvement with prostitutes.
    More Details Hide Details After his resignation he has been a television host, a professor, run for office and made private investments in a start-up company.
  • 2007
    Age 47
    Two polls in December 2007 showed further erosion in Spitzer's public standing.
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    As of November 13, 2007, Spitzer's approval rating as governor was 33 percent, a further decline from his 44% approval rating of October 24, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details A later poll showed that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would defeat Spitzer were he to seek reelection.
    On October 21, 2007, the State Senate voted to oppose the Spitzer plan by a 39–19 vote.
    More Details Hide Details Eight Democrats from moderate districts broke with Spitzer on the vote. After the vote, The New York Times called this issue "Mr. Spitzer's single most unpopular decision since he took office." Following the State Senate's vote, Spitzer revised his plan again, proposing the issuance of a third type of driver's license. This driver's license would be available only to United States citizens who are New York State residents, and would be valid for crossing the Canada–US border. Spitzer also announced that the expiration dates of temporary visas would be printed on the driver's licenses of individuals living in the country with them. On November 14, the day following the release of a poll showing the proposal as extremely unpopular with voters, Spitzer announced he would withdraw the plan, acknowledging that it would never be implemented. The decision drew derision from the press, as the Associated Press termed this reversal a "surrender." WCBS-TV labeled him "Governor Flip-Flop." State Senator Rubén Díaz of the Bronx said he was "betrayed" by Spitzer's abandonment of the plan.
    After meeting with the Department of Homeland Security in October 2007, Spitzer altered the plan so that licenses issued to migrant workers would look different from other licenses and that the new licenses would not allow access to airplanes and federal buildings.
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    On September 21, 2007, Spitzer issued an executive order directing that state offices allow illegal immigrants to be issued driver's licenses effective December 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Applicants for driver's licenses would not be required to prove legal immigration status and would be allowed to present a foreign passport as identification.
    On July 23, 2007, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office admonished the Spitzer administration for ordering the few a State Police to keep special records of Senate majority leader Joseph Bruno's whereabouts when he traveled with police escorts in New York City. v A 57-page report issued by the Attorney General's office concluded that Spitzer engaged in creating media coverage concerning Senator Bruno's travel.
    More Details Hide Details The investigation looked into both Bruno's travel and the Senate leader's allegation that Spitzer used State Police to spy on him. Cuomo concluded that "These e-mails show that persons in the governor's office did not merely produce records under a Freedom of Information Act and request, but were instead engaged in planning and producing media coverage concerning Senator Bruno's travel on state aircraft before any FOIL request was made." It also suggests that the governor's staff lied when they tried to explain what they had done and forced the State Police to go far beyond their normal procedures in documenting Bruno's whereabouts. The report cleared Bruno of any misuse of the state's air fleet, which had been alleged. The report criticized Spitzer's office for using State Police resources to gather information about Bruno's travel and releasing the information to the media. The findings of the report were endorsed by Spitzer's own Inspector General, Kristine Hamann.
    In April 2007, Spitzer proposed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in New York.
    More Details Hide Details State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno announced his opposition to the proposal. This legislation passed in the State Assembly on June 19, 2007, but was denied in the State Senate and was returned to the Assembly.
    One of Spitzer's key campaign pledges was to reform the state budget process. While the state did pass a budget on schedule in 2007, the ultimate results fell short of what many reformers hoped Spitzer would achieve.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Post opined, "Spitzer promised reform, and delivered something completely different" and termed the budget itself "bitterly disappointing." Spitzer's budget quickly turned into a deficit, as by the end of October it was projected the state would run a deficit exceeding $4 billion for the year. During Spitzer's first year the state payroll increased, aggravating budget problem. Despite increasing the public sector payroll, in late 2007 New York State started leading the nation in lost jobs.
    At the traditional midnight ceremony, Spitzer was sworn in as governor of New York on January 1, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details A public ceremony was held at 1 p.m. on the same day which featured brass and percussion players from the Empire State Youth Orchestra Bucking tradition, the ceremony was held outdoors – the first outdoor inauguration ceremony in New York for over a century. After taking the oath of office, he attended a concert at the Times Union Center in his honor, headlined by James Taylor and Natalie Merchant. 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. The appointment of state assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli to succeed the disgraced Alan Hevesi as New York State Comptroller was a serious blow to the new governor. Spitzer had backed an outside panel to draft a list of qualified candidates; the legislature resisted Spitzer's desires when these included no legislators. Some Assembly Democrats were alienated over the incident, and questioned Spitzer's refusal of extending patronage to party members seeking local political appointments.
  • 2006
    Age 46
    Spitzer was elected governor on November 7, 2006, with 69 percent of the vote, defeating Republican John Faso and Libertarian John Clifton, among others.
    More Details Hide Details He won with the largest margin of victory ever in a New York gubernatorial race.
    In the Democratic primary held on September 12, 2006, Spitzer handily defeated Suozzi, securing his party's nomination with 81 percent of the vote.
    More Details Hide Details On October 5, Spitzer, addressing the Empire State Pride Agenda, declared that as governor he would work to legalize gay marriage in New York.
    On July 25, 2006, he faced Suozzi in a gubernatorial debate held at Pace University in Manhattan, discussing issues such as public authorities and Medicaid.
    More Details Hide Details When asked about marijuana, Spitzer stated that he disagrees with medicinal use of the drug, claiming that other medicines were more effective.
    On May 30, 2006, Spitzer and Paterson won the endorsement of the New York State Democratic party.
    More Details Hide Details A June 2006 Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll showed him leading Nassau county executive Thomas Suozzi 76–13 percent.
    In January 2006, Spitzer selected New York State Senate minority leader David Paterson as his choice for lieutenant governor and running mate.
    More Details Hide Details After announcing his candidacy, Spitzer was endorsed by numerous New Yorkers, including state Comptroller Alan Hevesi and two former New York City mayors, David Dinkins and Ed Koch.
  • 2005
    Age 45
    New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson dubbed Spitzer the "future of the Democratic Party" at a fund raiser held in June 2005 for Spitzer's gubernatorial campaign.
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    In January 2005, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce described Spitzer's approach as "the most egregious and unacceptable form of intimidation we've seen in this country in modern times".
    More Details Hide Details In addition to prosecutions and civil actions in the financial sector, Spitzer has pursued cases in both state and federal courts involving pollution, entertainment, technology, prostitution, corruption, occupational safety and health and other fields in which New York plays a part in setting and maintaining national standards of conduct.
  • 2004
    Age 44
    On December 8, 2004, Spitzer announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for governor of New York.
    More Details Hide Details While long rumored, Spitzer's announcement was unusually early—nearly two years before the election. As a result of Spitzer's relative speed in bringing state Democrats to his side, he gained the respect of Democratic leaders nationwide.
    In 2004, The Nation endorsed Spitzer as a possible Democratic candidate for vice president, stating that he was "the single most effective battler against corporate abuses in either political party".
    More Details Hide Details He was, however, not chosen.
  • 2001
    Age 41
    It proved useful in the wake of several U.S. corporate scandals that began with the collapse of Enron in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Several of these corporations, as well as the brokerage houses that sold their stock, were accused of having inflated stock values by unethical means throughout the 1990s. When inquiries into these allegations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Congress failed, Spitzer's office used its subpoena power to obtain corporate documents, building cases against the firms both in courtrooms and in public opinion.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 39
    Under his watch, Spitzer also commissioned a 1999 study of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices.
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    Prior to being elected governor of New York he was elected to two four year terms as the Attorney General of New York from 1999-2006.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to becoming Attorney General Spitzer worked for six years as a prosecutor with the office of the Manhattan District Attorney and also worked as an attorney in private practice with several New York law firms. Spitzer grew up in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. He received a Bachelor's degree at Princeton University and his Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School.
  • 1998
    Age 38
    The New York State Senate Investigations committee is considering investigating a controversial multi-million dollar loan the governor's father Bernard Spitzer gave him when he ran for attorney general in 1998, a loan the younger Spitzer has paid back.
    More Details Hide Details Senate Investigations Committee chairman George Winner told the New York Post that subpoenas should be used to find out about the loans. Winner wrote to Senate Elections Committee chairman Senator Joseph Griffo that an article profiling Spitzer in New York magazine "outlined what may have been a willful effort by Eliot Spitzer and his father to circumvent campaign-contribution limits in New York state law and then conceal their actions." In 1998, Spitzer claimed that he secured the $5 million loan by mortgaging apartments his father had given him, but later revealed that his father was paying off the loans and, therefore, financing his campaign.
    Four years later, Spitzer again wanted to run for Attorney General and on May 6, 1998 he announced he would run for the office for a second time.
    More Details Hide Details On May 28, he emerged as the front-runner among the Democratic candidates, ranking first at the Democratic convention with 36% of the vote. He also had the most amount of money, with over $2 million. In September, he won the Democratic primary election with 42% of the vote. He defeated State Senator Catherine Abate (27%), Koppell (22%), and former Governor's Counsel Evan Davis (9%). In the general election Spitzer would face the incumbent, Dennis Vacco, a Republican.
  • 1994
    Age 34
    In late October, he conceded that his father lent him most of the money he raised. He financed both campaigns from two sets of loans: $4.3 million in 1994 and $4.8 million in 1998, both from J.P. Morgan & Company.
    More Details Hide Details Spitzer stated I have worked long, long hours for my dad and for various businesses. Look, I'm not saying that I am underpaid. But any effort to challenge the propriety of that fee is way off base. On October 28, the New York Times endorsed Spitzer saying both candidates were flawed but "Vacco's performance and his key policy positions make him an even worse choice. In only four years Mr. Vacco has turned an important office with a distinguished public-service tradition into a patronage mill known for taking suspect contributions and for his mixed record on such key issues as women's right to abortion." They also said "Spitzer has promised a politically moderate approach that puts the public interest ahead of rigid philosophy and special-interest contributors." In November, Spitzer went on to defeat Republican incumbent Dennis Vacco by a small margin of victory of .6%. Spitzer didn't win a single county in the upstate. Amazingly, he won just 6 counties in the state: New York (81%), Bronx (80%), Kings (75%), Queens (67%), Westchester (52%), and Rockland (48%).
    Thirty-four-year-old Spitzer decided to run as a Democratic candidate in the 1994 election for Attorney General, as did Koppell, Brooklyn Family Court Judge Karen Burstein, and Kings County DA Charles J. Hynes.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Spitzer was a young and relatively unknown defense attorney representing white-collar criminals. When he announced his campaign Spitzer suggested that, if elected, he would use the state's antitrust laws to pursue corporate polluters. Spitzer was the only candidate to support the death penalty. In a televised debate among the candidates, Spitzer was criticized for financing his campaign using $3 million of his own and family money. Despite heavy funding from his own family, he placed last among the four Democratic candidates for the nomination, receiving just 19% of the vote. Burstein, the only woman and gay candidate, won the primary with 31% of vote. Burstein subsequently lost in the general election to Republican Dennis Vacco, part of a nationwide Republican sweep, that included the election of Republican George Pataki as the new Governor of New York displacing the Democratic incumbent, Governor Mario Cuomo.
  • 1993
    Age 33
    Ten months later, in September, 1993, Abrams announced that he would resign his position as Attorney General as of December 31, 1993, although he still had one year remaining in his term.
    More Details Hide Details To fill this vacancy the New York State Legislature elected Assemblyman G. Oliver Koppell to serve out the remainder of the Attorney General's term during 1993.
  • 1992
    Age 32
    Spitzer left the District Attorney's office in 1992 to work at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
    More Details Hide Details From 1994 to 1998 he worked at the law firm Constantine and Partners on a number of consumer rights and antitrust cases. In 1992 Robert Abrams, a Democrat who had served as the New York State Attorney General for fourteen years, decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat for New York then occupied by incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Al D'Amato. Abrams won the nomination in the Democratic primary but narrowly lost to D'Amato in the general election in November 1992.
    Spitzer joined the staff of Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, where he became chief of the labor-racketeering unit, spending six years pursuing organized crime. His biggest case came in 1992, when Spitzer led the investigation that ended the Gambino crime family's organized crime control of Manhattan's trucking and garment industries.
    More Details Hide Details Spitzer devised a plan to set up his own sweatshop in the city's garment district, turning out shirts, pants and sweaters, and hiring 30 laborers. The shop manager eventually got close to the Gambinos, and officials were able to plant a bug in their office. The Gambinos, rather than being charged with extortion – which was hard to prove – were charged with antitrust violations. Joseph and Thomas Gambino, the latter being an extremely high-ranking member, and two other defendants took the deal and avoided jail by pleading guilty, paying $12 million in fines and agreeing to stay out of the business.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 27
    Silda Wall and Eliot Spitzer married on October 17, 1987, and together they have three daughters: Elyssa (born 1990), Sarabeth (born 1993), and Jenna (born 1995).
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  • 1981
    Age 21
    At Princeton, he was elected chairman of the undergraduate student government, and graduated in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He has reported he received a perfect score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and went on to attend Harvard Law School, where he met and married Silda Wall. Spitzer was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Upon receiving his Juris Doctor, Spitzer clerked for Judge Robert W. Sweet of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, then joined the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He stayed there for less than two years before leaving to join the New York County District Attorney's office.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1977
    Age 17
    He is a 1977 graduate of Horace Mann School.
    More Details Hide Details After scoring 1590 out of 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Spitzer attended Princeton University and majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Spitzer was born on June 10, 1959, in the Bronx, the son of Anne (née Goldhaber), an English literature professor, and Bernard Spitzer, a real estate mogul.
    More Details Hide Details His paternal grandparents were Galician Jews, born in Tluste, Poland (now Ukraine). His maternal grandparents, born in the 1890s, were Jewish immigrants from Palestine. Spitzer is the youngest of three children. He was raised in the affluent Riverdale section of The Bronx in New York City. His family was not religious, and Spitzer did not have a Bar Mitzvah.
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