Statement By Senator Craig M. Johnson:

Craig M. Johnson

March 12, 2008

"This state is bigger than just one person. Eliot Spitzer's resignation was the only choice that would ensure that the needs of all residents are not lost as this scandal continues to unfold.

Gov. Spitzer's shocking and disturbing actions, for which he alone bears responsibility, has simply eliminated his ability to govern.

The budget is still due April 1 and this state simply could not afford to have the governing process continue to be hampered by Gov. Spitzer's legal and personal entanglements.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Spitzer family during this trying ordeal.

And I look forward to working with soon-to-be Governor David Paterson, a person with deep roots in Long Island, who appreciates the needs of our region and will help restore a sense of civility to the State Capitol.