Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Camp Spitzer

Capitol Confidential Elizabeth Benjamin

Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer, who made it clear during the campaign that he planned to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Gov. George Pataki, and forgo relocating his family to the executive mansion, has purchased a $4 million home in Columbia County, Gannett News Service reports.
Spitzer bought a farmhouse and 160 acres in the town of Pine Plains - the same property on which he has been renting the guest house with his wife, Silda Wall, and their three daughters for the past 12 years.
Spitzer spokeswoman Christine Anderson said governor-elect plans to use the house as a weekend retreat. His Manhattan apartment in a building owned by his father will continue to be his primary residence, although he will spend some nights at the mansion in Albany.
Spitzer’s daughters will continue to attend the Manhattan private schools in which they are now enrolled.
Former Gov. Mario Cuomo was the last New York governor to live full-time in the mansion on Eagle Street, which has been primarily used as a part-time residence and for social events since his departure at the end of 1984.

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