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November 8, 2006

After Spitzer's election: Day One, everything changes?

Atlantic Yards Report wonders what can be accomplished on day one (or day two, for that matter) of a Spitzer administration.

Eliot Spitzer, whose campaign slogan is "Day One: Everything Changes." He's pledged a program of reforms, and some of them are promising.

Will he get there? Former state Senator Seymour Lachman, speaking last week on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, was both encouraging and cautious: “I know this man. He is a reformer. And I also feel it’s going to be very difficult. Eliot Spitzer cannot accomplish this in six months, or a year... or eight years.”

Then again, Lachman, in his book Three Men in a Room, suggests that only a constitutional convention can truly reform our dysfunctional state government.
Spitzer's campaign told The Real Deal that the Spitzer seeks more transparency for the Atlantic Yards project, which is proceeding under the auspices of the ESDC. What that would mean exactly is unclear.

Note that Spitzer recently declared that the most recent eight percent cut in the Atlantic Yards project was "appropriate" and sufficient. It seemed clear he had little idea that the project would be as large as initially proposed.


Posted by lumi at November 8, 2006 8:07 AM