In the past few days I have begun to atone for my private failings, with my wife, Silda, my children, and my entire family. (Vague language) The remorse I feel will always be with me. (Euphemistic language) Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the love and compassion they have shown me. (Euphemistic language) From those to whom much is given, much is expected. (Vague language) I have been given much: the love of my family, the faith and trust of the people of New York, and the chance to lead this state. (Language to influence) I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me. (Euphemistic language) To every New Yorker, and to all those who believed in what I tried to stand for, I sincerely apologize. (Vague language)
I look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been, but I also know that as a public servant I, and the remarkable people with whom I worked, have accomplished a great deal. (Language to influence) There is much more to be done, and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people's work. (False promises) 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. (Vague language) I can and will ask no less of myself. (Euphemistic language) For this reason, I am resigning from the office of governor. (Vague language) At Lt. Gov. Paterson's request, the resignation will be effective Monday, March 17, a date that he believes will permit an orderly transition.
I go forward with the belief, as others have said, that as human beings, our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. (Language to influence) As I leave public life, I will first do what I need to do to help and heal myself and my family. (Euphemistic language) Then I will try once again, outside of politics, to serve the common good and to move toward the ideals and solutions which I believe can build a future of hope and opportunity for us and for our children. (Language to influence) I hope all of New York will join my prayers for my friend, David Paterson, as he embarks on his new mission, and I thank the public once again for the privilege of service. (Euphemistic language)