Spitzer Forum Notes

Random mini-highlights from a New School forum today about the incoming Spitzer administration:

NYPIRG’s Albany man Blair Horner said the new governor “has to have a big reform victory that people understand” quickly, because the longer he’s there, and the more Spitzer works with lawmakers, the harder it’ll be to leverage public support for major changes.

Lobbyist and consultant Norman Adler criticized the much-discussed Brennan Center report about how to reform the state legislature for shoddy methodology. They “should be embarrassed to put that report out,” he said.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld said that one major mistake he made as governor was to have been “too savage” with legislative leaders from the other party. Which makes it all the more intriguing to think about what might have happened if he ever made it to Albany.

And former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio, who lost his seat because he passed a huge tax increase, partly in order to fund a CFE-like lawsuit, said his situation was made so difficult because, unlike governors in New York, he couldn’t borrow money to pay for operating expenses.

– Azi Paybarah