New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer announced that he is resigning amid a prostitution scandal. Spitzer made his announcement at his Manhattan office before dozens of reporters.
"I cannot allow for my private failings to disrupt the people's work," he said, with his wife at his side.
Spitzer says his resignation is effective Monday. He will be replaced by Lt. Gov. David Paterson, who will become New York's first black governor.
Earlier, state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno expressed sympathy for Spitzer's wife and family. "He must deal with his own problems in his own way, but it is now time for us and all New Yorkers to move forward," said Bruno, who was once the target of a smear campaign connected to Spitzer.
Paterson, who is legally blind, once told The New York Times: "I have had this desire my whole life to prove people wrong, to show them I could do things they didn't think I could do."
From NPR and the Associated Press.