New York Governor Spitzer Resigns

By Wendy Woolfo

NEW YORK (KHNL) --  New York Governor, Eliot Spitzer, resigns, amid a call-girl scandal.

"I am resigning from the office of Governor.  At Lt. Governor Paterson's request, the resignation will be effective Monday, March 17, a date that he believes will permit an orderly transition."

Until now, he's been secluded with family, attorneys and top advisors in his Manhattan apartment for three days after apologizing for what the governor called "a private matter."

"In the past few days, I have begun to atone for my private failings with my wife, my children and my entire family."

Once dubbed the Sheriff of Wall Street, investigators say the 48-year-old Democrat was clearly a repeat customer who spent thousands of dollars with a high-priced prostitution service for an extended period of time.

"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."

State Republicans issued a 48-hour warning for the governor to resign or face impeachment.

The clock on that ultimatum would have run out Wednesday night.

When Spitzer steps down, Lt. Governor David Paterson will be sworn in as New York's 55th governor.

Political career aside, legal questions are still looming about whether Governor Spitzer will face criminal charges.