Spitzer on Negotiation, Gay Marriage and Energy

At a Crain’s breakfast this morning in midtown, Eliot Spitzer said that the way the state budget was negotiated in his first year was “wrong” and not something he wanted to replicate in the future. But he said that the “back and forth” he had with the health care industry was worth it because it had resulted in a reduction of the rate of Medicaid spending.

Also, when asked why gay marriage had not been included in his list of legislative priorities, Spitzer said that he considers it something that “is not likely to be passed in the next ten weeks” of the legislative session. He emphasized that this did not represent a change in his feeling that it should be law.

A copy of his prepared remarks advocating cleaner energy use in New York is here.