Eighty percent of New York voters say Gov. Spitzer has done nothing to improve the state or has made it worse since promising that "on Day 1, everything changes," a devastating new poll showed yesterday.
80% SAY SPITZ IS THE PITS
The Siena College survey found a mere 15 percent of voters believe that Spitzer has made New York a better place to live since taking office on Jan. 1, 2007, after a historic landslide election victory, while 22 percent said things have gotten worse.
Fifty-eight percent said Spitzer had made no difference at all.
Of course, this comes on the heels of this revelation:
Declaring that his administration would adhere to high ethical standards, Gov. Eliot Spitzer moved in early 2007 to ban his appointees from campaigning for political office, including fund-raising and spending to promote a candidacy.
Spitzer Aide Uses $30,000 From Funds
But one of the top aides inside the governor’s office, Sean Patrick Maloney, has spent more than $30,000 over the last year from his old campaign account to maintain his political contacts. Since joining the administration in January 2007, Mr. Maloney has paid a consultant, held a party for dozens of supporters and a reunion of his campaign staff, maintained a political Web site, paid a software company to maintain his donor list and sent out thousands of holiday cards.
The money came from the account that Mr. Maloney established in 2005 to finance his run for attorney general in 2006. A spokeswoman for Mr. Spitzer said on Tuesday that Mr. Maloney, the first deputy secretary to the governor, is not in violation of the executive order Mr. Spitzer issued Jan. 1, 2007, because he is not a declared candidate for office.
After pledging to loosen the grip lobbyists have on the state Capitol, Gov. Eliot Spitzer on Tuesday defended a fundraiser next month being held for his 2010 re-election campaign by a top Albany lobbying firm.
Falling back (into the arms of lobbyists?)
Patricia Lynch and Associates, which last year was ranked as the third largest lobbyist in the state, is holding a $1,000 per-person fundraiser for Spitzer on March 7 at the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. David Paterson said he would refrain from future fundraisers in Albany during the legislative session after the New York Daily News reported an event for Paterson was held over the weekend - potentially violating new campaign-finance standards put forth by Spitzer and Paterson....
We've got your number, pal.