When Eliot Spitzer was elected governor of New York, onecouldn't blame insurance carriers and brokers for fearing the worstfrom their old nemesis--who, as a crusading attorney general, hadexposed bid-rigging, contingency fee abuse and balance sheetmanipulation via finite reinsurance deals.

Much to the industry's pleasant surprise, however, Gov. Spitzer,while at times offering tough love, was more helpful thanhostile--acting decisively yet reasonably to solve a host ofproblems.

The first sign that Gov. Spitzer held no grudges was hisappointment of Eric R. Dinallo as the new insurancesuperintendent.

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