One Spitzer Aide, at Least, Gets Off Easy

One interesting thing about today’s announcement about the reassigment of a scandal-tarred top aide to Eliot Spitzer is that at the end of the day, it’s not so bad: the aide, William Howard, will still have a six-figure job as Coordinator of the Preparedness and Response at the State Office of Homeland Security. Howard, who was Spitzer’s assistant Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security, will start in his new job on Monday.

The apparently good news for Howard may not be such good news for another Spitzer aide, Darren Dopp. According to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s report on the ethics scandal, in which the governor’s aides improperly requested information on Joe Bruno’s travel schedule from the state police, “Howard testified that he asked for the scheduling information at Dopp’s request.”