Text of Spitzer's resignation speech

Delivered speech Wednesday morning
March 12, 2008 9:17:48 AM PDT
In the past few days, I've begun to atone for my private failings with my wife, Silda, my children, and my entire family. The remorse i feel will always be with me. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the love and compassion they have shown me.

From those to whom much is given, much is expected. I have been given much, the love of my family, the faith and trust of people of New York, and the chance to lead the state.

I'm deeply sorry I did not live up to what was expected of me

To every New Yorker, and to all those who believed in what tried to stand for, I sincerely apologize.

I look at time as Governor with a sense of what might have been. But I also know that as a public servant, I and the remarkable people with whom I've worked have accomplished a great deal.

There is much more to be done, and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the peoples' work.

Over the course of my public life, I have insisted I believe correctly that people, regardless of their position or power, take responsibility for their conduct. I can and will ask no less of myself.

For this reason, I am resigning from the office of Governor.

At Lt. Gov. Paterson's request, the resignation will be effective monday, March 17, a date that he believes will permit an orderly transition.

I go forward with the belief as others have said, that as human beings, our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

As I leave public life, I will first do what I need to do to help in heal myself and my family, then I will try once again outside of politics to serve the common good - and to move toward the ideals and solutions which I believe can build a future of hope and opportunity for us and for our children.

I hope all of New York will join my prayers for my friend David Paterson as he embarks on his new mission and I thank the public once again for the priveledge of service. Thank you very much.