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What did people think of Eliot Spitzer’s first State of the State address?

Mike Bloomberg told reporters he looked through Spitzer’s speech at 8:30 a.m. this morning and “there are very few things in the speech that I could ever quibble with. They’d only be in degrees.”

About Ground Zero, which Spitzer said was developing at an unacceptable pace, he said, “It’s coming along. Things are going well.”

Tom Suozzi, Spitzer’s rival in the Democratic primary, said that the new governor did great.

“It’s an exciting agenda. It’s going to be very tough, but if there’s one person who can accomplish it, it’s Governor Spitzer.”

Roberto Ramirez, whose former chief of staff is now the secretary of state, declined to comment on Spitzer’s policies, saying he stopped doing that since he left the assembly a couple of years ago.

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky said that “90 percent” of what Eliot Spitzer proposed already passed the Assembly. Brodsky also noted that Spitzer didn’t say what exactly constituted a gerrymandered district.

– Azi Paybarah