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The Brighter the Picture . . . the Darker the Negative . . .

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The validity of this statement could not have borne any more fruit than what was witnessed in New York today.

Depending on what part of the city you were in, you were either greeted by people, who were in utter disbelief and shock that a man who had been at the forefront of the fight against corruption, would have fallen from grace because of his inability to control . . .

Eliot Spitzer, the governor of New York resigned today. For some it was a day of mourning, for others a day of jubilation. Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife and three daughters, and perhaps, some may have a tinge of sympathy for Mr. Spitzer as well . . . but today, belong to the people of New York.

It was time to take a deep breath and reflect on what lies ahead. A budget that has be ratified by April 1. A bureaucratic system embroiled in anarchy almost from the inception of Mr. Spitzer taking office, will undoubtedly welcome the change.

New Yorkers can now try to turn the page and welcome a man, who some believe will have a calming effect on the state of New York. In Harlem, its venerable citizens rejoiced, not due of an avarice to see one of their own ascend to such a lofty position, but simply because the seed had been planted so long ago, and today the harvest bore fruit.

The challenges that lay ahead for the new governor will of course be daunting, but for most of the citizens of Harlem, who have watched the political rise of David Patterson; they extol him as a man of moral fiber, integrity, and the temperament to mediate across bipartisan lines, attributes they claim, that will enable him to fulfill his role as governor.

Is Lieutenant Governor Patterson a breath of fresh air? Will his administration bring about a sweeping change in the way things are done in Albany?

The camera has flashed, the negative is developing, and the picture . . . remains to be seen.

Bradley Booth/Freelance Commercial Writer/Author



Written by BBooth

March 13, 2008 at 12:40 am

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