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N.Y. Gov. Spitzer Resigns Amid Sex Scandal

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  • March 12: New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer announces his resignation as his wife Silda looks on in his offices in New York City. Lt. Governor David Paterson will succeed him effective Monday, March 17.
  • March 12: New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer announces his resignation as his wife Silda stands by his side in his offices in New York City. Lt. Governor David Paterson will succeed him effective Monday, March 17.
  • March 12: New York State Gov. Elliot Spitzer announces his resignation amid a prostitution scandal as wife Silda looks on in his offices in New York City.
  • March 12: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announces his resignation in his office in New York. Lt. Gov. David Paterson will succeed him, effective Monday, March 17.
  • March 12: New York State Gov.Elliot Spitzer enters the news conference to announce his resignation in his offices in New York City. Lt. Gov. David Patterson will succeed him.
  • March 12: Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda, leave their Manhattan residence on their way to a news conference at his office in New York. Spitzer, following intense pressure to step down because of a prostitution scandal, announced he is resigning, effective Monday, March 17.
  • March 12: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, center accompanied by his wife Silda leave their Manhattan residence on their way to a news conference to announce his resignation in New York office.
  • March 12: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer exits his Fifth Avenue residence with his wife, Silda, in New York. Spitzer announced at a news conference Wednesday that he would resign, following intense pressure to step down because of a prostitution scandal, effective Monday, March 17.
  • March 12: Silda Spitzer and her husband New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, just left of Silda, leave their Fifth Avenue apartment, in New York. Gov. Spitzer announced that he would resign effective March 17, completing a stunning fall from power after he was nationally disgraced by links to a high-priced prostitution ring.
  • March 12: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer walks to his waiting vehicvle as he leaves his apartment building on New York's Fifth Ave. Spitzer is resigning following intense pressure to step down because of a prostitution scandal.
  • March 12: Silda Spitzer and her husband New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, right, leave their Fifth Avenue apartment in New York.
  • March 12: A man watches reports on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, right on screen with his wife Silda, outside the New York Network broadcast studio in the concourse of the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y.
  • March 12: A binder and bills sit on a desk in the Assembly Chamber at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y.. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his family remained secluded in their Manhattan apartment Wednesday as he faced mounting calls for his resignation after being linked to a prostitution ring.
  • March 12: Police officers string crime scene tape around a throng of media trying to get into New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's Manhattan office before the governor delivered his resignation in New York. Spitzer announced that he will step down on March 17.
  • March 12: Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange watch Gov. Eliot Spitzer announce his resignation in New York. Spitzer resigned in disgrace Wednesday after getting caught in a call-girl scandal that shattered his corruption-fighting, straight-arrow image.
  • March 10: The District of Columbia flag flies next to the one for the Mayflower Hotel outside of the hotel in Washington. New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized Monday after he was accused of involvement in a prostitution ring.
  • March 10: The Mayflower Hotel is seen in Washington. New York Gov.
  • March 10: Room 871 inside of the Mayflower Hotel is seen in Washington.
  • March 10: Room 871, right, is tucked into a corner of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.
  • March 10: New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer is joined by his wife, Silda, as he makes a statement to reporters during a news conference.
  • March 10: As his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, stood next to him, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer apologized to his family for a 'private matter' during a press conference in New York. Spitzer apologized to his family and the public but did not elaborate on a bombshell report that he has been involved in a prostitution ring.
  • March 10: New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer is joined by his wife, Silda Spitzer, as he makes a statement to reporters during a news conference.
  • March 10: New York State Gov. Eliot Spitzer is joined by his wife, Silda, as he makes a statement to reporters during a news conference following a report that he was involved in a prostitution ring.
  • March 10: Traders watch a statement by New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer on a screen in a booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
  • March 10: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer arrives at his Fifth Avenue apartment in New York. Spitzer apologized after he was accused of involvement in a prostitution ring. He did not elaborate on the scandal, which drew calls for his resignation.
  • March 10: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer arrives at his Fifth Avenue apartment in New York.
  • March 10: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer enters a news conference where he apologized to his family following a report that he was involved in a prostitution ring in New York.
  • Feb. 26, 2008: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y.
  • February 2008: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y.
  • October 2007: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer attends a memorial service for fallen firefighters in Albany, N.Y.
  • January 2007: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer takes his oath of office at the New York State Capitol in Albany, N.Y., as his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, watches.
  • Feb. 27, 2007: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y.
  • Dec. 12, 2007: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y.
  • February 2006: Eliot Spitzer, as New York state attorney general and gubernatorial candidate.
  • October 2006: Eliot Spitzer, as New York state attorney general and gubernatorial candidate, speaks during debate.
  • September 2006: Eliot Spitzer, as New York state attorney general and gubernatorial candidate.
  • May 29, 2006: Eliot Spitzer, then-New York state attorney general, speaks with his wife, Silda, before being introduced at a rally in Prospect Point Park in Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  • Jan. 1, 2007: New York State Lt. Gov. David Paterson takes his oath of office at the New York state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., as his wife, Michelle Paige Paterson, right, watches. Attention turned to Paterson immediately after word surfaced that Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been linked to a high-priced prostitution ring. If Spitzer quits, Paterson automatically becomes governor and would complete Spitzer's term, which ends Dec. 31, 2010.
  • March 6: New York Lt. Gov. David Paterson attends the opening night of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' in New York. Attention turned to Paterson immediately after word surfaced that Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been linked to a high-priced prostitution ring.
  • Feb. 7, 2007: New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, right, joined by Lt. Gov. David Paterson, expresses his displeasure over the election of Thomas DiNapoli to serve as state comptroller, at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. in this file photo.

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