"Today is the day when all of that changes - when we stop standing still and start moving forward once more." - Eliot Spitzer, Monday, January 1, 2007
A year and a day after Eliot Spitzer was sworn in as New York Governor, Jean Claude Brizard will take over as Rochester City School District Superintendent.
I was in Albany when Spitzer declared his first day on the job as one of "unbridled hope and possibility." I was there as he made his symbolic ascent to the top of the Capitol steps and - I kid you not - the thick clouds parted briefly for the sun to shine upon him. I was there to capture the optimism in the air.
But today, another gloomy Monday, the Siena Research Institute released a poll suggesting Spitzer's performance is falling far short of most expectations.
The stairs leading from WXXI’s lobby all the way up to our creative services department on the fifth floor offer a good view of the stands at Frontier Field.
Today they are full – of snow. But just about every time I catch a glimpse of that stadium, regardless of the season, nostalgia kicks in. Despite the thick glass and the busy street between me and the field, I can "hear" the clean crack of a bat and the organ rallying an exuberant crowd. I can "smell" the French fries and the Rohrbach’s. I can "see" my young son Ben’s amazement as a foul ball somehow drops in his lap. I can "feel" the sun going down and the warm evening breeze kick in.