Spitzer is also free to pursue other interests.
Bernard Spitzer’s children did everything they could to avoid becoming their father, a multi-millionaire real-estate developer. And by everything, we mean go to either medical school or law school. This included his youngest, Eliot, who chose the latter route, and turned a $200,000 a year allowance from dad into two successful terms as New York State attorney general, and a few less successful months as the state’s governor. El could simply have taken over Spitzer Enterprises at that point from Dad, who was pushing 84 at the time of his son’s resignation in disgrace. But he wasn’t quite ready to give up just yet.
He parlayed his newfound freetime and reputation for virility into a stint in television which was, if possible, even less successful than his governorship. Still, he refused the inevitable, and ran for office again. This had a number of consequences. For one, it showed him that the people of New York were, once and for all, quite sick of him and wanted him to go away. For two, it showed that his wife was among those New Yorkers sick of him, and they got a divorce.
All of which appears to have freed Eliot Spitzer to be the man he was always destined to be: A sexually unencumbered version of Bernard Spitzer, who also happened to conveniently die just a year after New York City refused to let his son become their bookkeeper.
Mr. Spitzer has found himself unexpectedly embracing a role he has largely sought to avoid all his life: assuming stewardship of Spitzer Enterprises, the family real estate business. Politics is in “my rearview mirror,” Mr. Spitzer said in an interview on June 10, his 56th birthday. “This,” he said after a pause, “is exciting….” Real estate was always considered something of a fallback for Mr. Spitzer after he left the governor’s mansion, said Herbert E. Nass, a friend since the two men ran against each other for president of the seventh grade at Horace Mann, the prestigious prep school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx….
But, Mr. Nass said, the death of Bernard Spitzer “changed the equation in the family: Dad wasn’t there to run things anymore.”
“He’s really running the family business now,” Mr. Nass added.
And how’s he doing it? By giving Williamsburg exactly what it needs: More luxury waterfront apartments.
“Can Williamsburg absorb 4,000 units?” he asked. “I don’t think there’s any question the answer is yes.”