Eliot Spitzer has said he’ll draw upon the collective wisdom of his massive team of transition advisers for important decisions.
When it comes to dealing with the possibility of removing Alan Hevesi, it already seems clear what direction they’re going to be pushing him in.
The 18-member committee Spitzer has formed to advise him on government reform includes a number of people who have already gone after Hevesi in conspicuous ways.
Dick Dadey of Citizens Union already called for Hevesi to resign. No wondering what he will advise Spitzer to do.
That’s also the case with Rachel Leon of Common Cause, who said the Governor Pataki’s independent investigation into the matter of his chauffeur was inadequate because it found Hevesi guilty of misusing public money but had no muscle to enforce what it found.
For obvious reasons, the labor unions and party insiders who have been Hevesi’s strongest supporters throughout this crisis are nowhere to be found.
Below is the whole list.
Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director New York League of Women Voters
Richard Briffault Vice Dean and Professor Columbia Law School Chamberlain Professor of Legislation, Columbia Law School
Patricia K. Bucklin, Executive Director NY State Bar Association
Richard Emery, Senior Partner Emery Celli Cuti Brinkerhoff & Abady,
John Feerick Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
Peter Fishbein, Special Counsel, Kaye Scholer
Diana Fortuna, Executive Director, Citizens Budget Commission
Natalie Gomez-Velez, Associate Professor CUNY School of Law Deputy New York State Attorney General
Blair Horner, Legislative Director, New York Public Interest Research Group
Richard Kirsch, Executive Director, Citizen Action of New York
Howard Levine, Senior Counsel Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, Former Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Richard Nathan, Co-Director Rockefeller Institute of Government
Michael Waldman, Executive Director, Brennan Center for Justice
Robert Abrams, former NYS Attorney General, President Citizens Union Foundation, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Preeta Bansal [no information]
Leecia Eve, Founder, Show Up New York, former Hillary Clinton aide, and former lieutenant governor candidate.
— Azi Paybarah