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Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.


Eliot Spitzer wants to make a comeback which is a dream for local news including us at Fox 5.

Our man Robert Moses was the first to talk to Spitzer on Monday because while throngs of reporters decided to camp out outside Spitzer's Manhattan apartment Robert waited for him in front of his father's apartment where the former governor just happened to be staying.

Spitzer also appeared on Good Day New York.

Spitzer, never really a man of the people, took it to the streets in full business attire in 90 degree weather and was sweating profusely. Perhaps the best advice he received was to take off his knee-high black socks.

While we in the media have our fun, this recent announcement is a nightmare for many. First of all career politician, friend of Spitzer and former shoe-in for NYC comptroller Scott Stinger now has some real competition.

Governor Cuomo is having bad dreams because Spitzer promises to be a thorn in his side and he has been openly critical of some of Cuomo's hiring and spending practices.

The city's public sector unions are in shock. They are all working without a contract and were counting on the new comptroller to rubber-stamp any contract deal which in their eyes would include retroactive raises. And finally, Wall Street executives will have trouble sleeping knowing that financially savvy Spitzer will once again be on their case.

No matter how you feel about politics or politicians you have to admit that this year's political story just got a lot more interesting. The stakes are high for New York City. The voters must decide between an overly qualified but morally challenged Spitzer and Stringer who lacks baggage and experience but is very friendly with the public sector unions.


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