The Promise of Prose

"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.

On this week's Need to Know, WXXI Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt and Gannett's Joe Spector (former political reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle) will examine what happened.

I'll also be talking to Jean Claude Brizard when he flies into Rochester later this week. He has made public comments guaranteeing results, and I'm anticipating more of the same when I interview him.

Whether his words will stand the test of time, remains to be seen.

Watch both of these interviews on Need to Know, Friday night at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, Channel 21, Cable 11.