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State Democrats Want Spitzer to be Governor

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Democrats across New York State want Eliot Spitzer as their next Governor. They nominated him in Buffalo Tuesday during the New York State Democratic Party Convention.

The nomination was delivered to Eliot Spitzer as delegates packed into the Buffalo Conference Center at the Hyatt to designate him as their candidate for governor.

Spitzer made more than one reference to Buffalo during his speech. He used the Queen City as an example of a region hit hard by a difficult economy and job losses. But Spitzer says after twelve years of a republican administration he is promising that, if elected, he would offer deep reforms to get taxes and spending under control to help cities like Buffalo. He says too families across the state are drowning in property taxes.

"Day one will mark the beginning of an end for the vicious property tax cycle that is driving so many families and businesses away from this state," said Spitzer.

Spitzer says it is time to end irresponsible spending. He also wants to put an end to the divide between upstate and down state.

"It will not be upstate versus down state, urban versus rural, business versus labor or republican versus democrat. On day one, it will be every single New Yorker, no matter what you look like, where you came from and what you believe in," Spitzer told the crowd of supporters.

Delegates were pleased to hear of Spitzer call to stop the upstate - down state battle. Joan Simon of Brooklyn says she is "sick to death" of the issue.

"It is so stupid, frankly, and really we have different needs. But they are all legitimate, and this constant pandering to one side or the other side is all just a bunch of hooey," said Simon.

Delegate Alan Fleishman, also of Brooklyn, says he is certain Spitzer is the man to make those reforms.

"We really need to care about Upstate. I am a down stater, but I went to school in Rochester and I really care about this region . We should be one state, it would be great," said Fleishman.

Other delegates believe there will always be struggles over who gets what, but they say if Spitzer could come in and trim some fat, it would be easier to distribute state dollars in different ways.

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