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The Takeaway

Spitzer Looks for Comeback With Run for NYC Comptroller

Monday, July 08, 2013

In New York, a once-disgraced politician is trying to be the next comeback kid. Last night, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer announced his candidacy for New York City Comptroller. Governor Spitzer discussed his candidacy on our co-producer WNYC's program, The Brian Lehrer Show, earlier today. Brian Lehrer joins us to discuss these candidates looking for a comeback.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Spitzer Returns to NY Politics

Monday, July 08, 2013

Following our interview with comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer, we open the phones for your reaction. What do you make of his return to politics? Would you consider voting for him? Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment below.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Eliot Spitzer: Candidate for Comptroller

Monday, July 08, 2013

Former New York Governor and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, talks to Brian Lehrer (and listeners) about entering the race for New York City comptroller.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Big Ideas

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney discusses recovery along the state's coast, and whether or not he's planning a gubernatorial run this year. Plus: Eliot Spitzer on AIG's decision not to join a lawsuit over the federal bailout; analysis of Governor Cuomo's State of the State address; and the decline in international adoptions.

WNYC News

Former Governor Eliot Spitzer: Go After Money Behind Gun Companies

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Private equity giant Cerberus Capital Management is planning to sell its stake in Freedom Group, maker of the Bushmaster rifle, following the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.

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WNYC News

Spitzer Talks Politics in Rare Albany Appearance

Monday, October 22, 2012

Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer talked about politics during his first public appearance in New York's capital since a prostitution scandal forced him from office in 2008.

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The Takeaway

Eliot Spitzer on State Attorneys General Libor Investigations

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Libor scandal hasn't gone away — it's only getting bigger. New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman has subpoenaed several of the world's leading banks, including Barclays, for possible manipulation of interest rates. Connecticut's attorney general has also joined the investigation.

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WNYC News

Former Gov. Spitzer Says City Should Pressure Gun Sellers through Purchasing Power

Friday, August 10, 2012

While Mayor Michael Bloomberg has stepped up calls for greater gun control in the wake of the recent massacres in Wisconsin and Colorado, former Governor Eliot Spitzer says the mayor is overlooking a powerful tool at his disposal — the city's buying power.

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WNYC News

Kelly's Stop and Frisk Proposals May Not Do Enough: Experts

Friday, May 18, 2012

Under increasing heat for the New York City police department’s stop-and-frisk practices, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly sent a letter to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn outlining changes, as WNYC first reported last week, to the policy. But law enforcement experts say Kelly’s changes do not go far enough.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

The Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee John DeFrancisco talked taxes with Eliot Spitzer (!) on Wednesday in Syracuse during the Maxwell School’s Campbell Lecture. We’ll ask him how the former Governor is doing, as well as how the current Governor is doing, and whether he supports the budget, home rule, redistricting efforts and all manner of other stuff.

State tax revenues are on the rise again according to a new report out from Rockefeller Institute. Robert Ward, the Deputy Director of the Rockefeller Institute and long time government finance expert joins us with details.

And

Courtney Burke, the head of the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities gives us an update on the administration's reforms efforts, plus her take on an upcoming Court of Appeals hearing on access to records.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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It's A Free Country ®

Occupying Democracy: Spitzer, Wilde on Confronting Inequality

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Interests like Greg David and [Kathryn Wilde] lobby vociferously against the very expenditures that would make investment in education and infrastructure possible...I'm not stereotyping, I'm talking fact. F-A-C-T, fact.

Eliot Spitzer, former Governor of New York, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Empire

Paterson announces WOR radio gig

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Alec Hamilton / WNYC

By Alec Hamilton

John Gambling, the third in the Gambling family line of WOR morning hosts, introduced former governor David Paterson at a press conference today to announce the governors new role as a host of the afternoon drive show. At Ben Bensons steakhouse in Manhattan, the governor said he grew up listening to the radio.

The governor said because he never learned Braille, he has depended heavily through his life on radio for information.

"My information always came from the radio, so I've always had a special fondness for radio stations, for talk radio, for radio hosts, so to become one of them at this stage is a big thrill in my life," he said.

The governor said his first guest will be Eliot Spitzer.

"When I told him I had this show, he said its so great to see you could get a job that I didnt give you," said Paterson.

Other guests scheduled for the first show on Tuesday include former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Scotland Yard, a debate between 9th Congressional District candidates David Weprin and Bob Turner, and possibly Rep. Charlie Rangel. Paterson's father, Basil Paterson, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, a close friend of the former governor, were at the announcement earlier today.

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It's A Free Country ®

Eliot Spitzer on Government's Role in the Market - and Weiner

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's a personal tragedy. I think he should heed the wisdom of the senior democratic leadership and permit politics now at this point to move on to other, more critical issues. I think that's a judgment I hope he comes to sometime in the near term.

—Former NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

Spitzer: Weiner Needs to Listen to Dem Leaders and 'Move On'

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ex-Governor Eliot Spitzer on Tuesday joined the chorus of Democrats calling for Rep. Anthony Weiner to resign from his post after the married Congressman who represents Brooklyn and Queens confessed to sending lewd photos and messages to women. 

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Studio 360

Monopoly Redesign: Eliot Spitzer Edition

Friday, April 29, 2011

Since the board game Monopoly first came out in the 1930s, capitalism and tycooning have changed a lot. Someone who knows that better than most is former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who now hosts a public affairs program on CNN. Spitzer told Kurt Andersen his first lesson ...

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The Empire

Poll: Democrat Cuomo polls like a Republican

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cuomo's job approval rating, from Quinnipiac:

56-15 percent job approval rating
59-14 percent among independents
57-14 percent among GOP
56-14 percent among Dems
63-13 percent in upstate
53-15 percent in NYC
50-17 percent in suburbs

The analysis:

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a Democrat, right? His job approval is strong but the political and geographical pattern has a Republican look - he does best upstate, better than in the city or suburbs," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Also, the poll compares Cuomo's wine-and-dine approach to Spitzer's steamrolling, and finds, unsurprisingly, Cuomo's is preferred.

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The Empire

Spitzer's book

Friday, January 21, 2011

Due out next month, by MIT Press. (MIT Press)

The former state attorney general and governor of New York will now also be an author.

From his publishers at MIT Press:

As New York State Attorney General from 1998 to 2006, Eliot Spitzer successfully pursued corporate crime, including stock price inflation, securities fraud, and predatory lending practices. Drawing on those experiences, in this book Spitzer considers when and how the government should intervene in the workings of the market. The 2009 American bank bailout, he argues, was the wrong way: it understandably turned government intervention into a flashpoint for public disgust because it socialized risk, privatized benefit, and left standing institutions too big to fail, incompetent regulators, and deficient corporate governance. That’s unfortunate, because good regulatory policy, he claims, can make markets and firms work efficiently, equitably, and in service of fundamental public values.

Spitzer lays out the right reasons for government intervention in the market: to guarantee transparency, to overcome market failures, and to guard our core values against the market’s unfair biases such as racism. With specific proposals to serve those ends—from improving corporate governance to making firms responsible for their own risky behavior—he offers a much-needed blueprint for the proper role of government in the market. Finally, taking account of regulatory changes since the crash of 2008, he suggests how to rebuild public trust in government so real change is possible.

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The Empire

Albany's immortal legislator

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Assemblyman Anthony Seminero, a Democrat from Queens who died today in prison while serving time for corruption, had a philosophical view about the life-cycle for legislators:

From 2007:

Eliot Spitzer's big budget compromise may have been a let-down for people who actually believed that Day One meant that everything was going to change.

But the officials who know Albany best weren't surprised at all.

Take Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, who has been in the legislature for as long as I've been alive.

"He'll learn," Seminerio told me this week up in Albany.

"The only thing that ever changes in Albany are the faces," he said. "The system stays intact."

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The Empire

Koch Watches Spitzer Movie, not Spitzer TV

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Ed Koch says Client 9 is "well worth seeing."

As for Spitzer's second act, on TV, Koch says, "I have never seen him, so I am not going to pass judgment on whether he is good or bad, but everyone else who I know who has seen him thinks he's bad."

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The Empire

Day 1: Gov Cuomo opens the capitol

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo's staff meeting. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewmcuomo)

Governor Andrew Cuomo is removing a series of concrete barriers surrounding the state capitol which were erected shortly after the September 11th terrorist attacks. The move by Cuomo comes on his first day as governor, and is seen as a sign of the new governor's push to lure the public's focus back onto the capital, which has been derided for its legislative dysfunction and a series of criminal probes.

Cuomo is breaking with tradition by having a modest swearing-in ceremony today with only staff, family and the media in attendance--and no parties. He is casting a wider net for his first State of the State speech this Wednesday, where the public for the first time will be offered free tickets.

The removal of the barriers will be announced later today, according to a press aide to Governor Cuomo, who briefed reporters after Cuomo held a 35-minute long meeting with senior staff. The meeting was held on the second floor of the capitol.

"The governor spoke about opening up the government back to the people," said communication deputy director Josh Vlasto. "That is what today is all about."

He added, "the governor stressed an absolute commitment to integrity in government and openness."

Cuomo was officially sworn in as the state's 56th governor last night. He'll have a ceremonial swearing in this afternoon.

The barriers were installed by Governor George Pataki, a Republican, after the attacks on New York City and Washington in 2001. Pataki and his successor, Eliot Spitzer, a Democrat who resigned amid a sex scandal in 2008, were not invited to today's swearing-in ceremony. Cuomo's immediate predecessor, Governor David Paterson, is expected to attend today's events.

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