I’m really sorry to hear that Eric Dinallo will be calling it a day as New York’s insurance superintendent on July 3. He was a fair and effective regulator in the most trying of times, as well as press-friendly–always a plus in my book. But more importantly, he also displayed the rarest trait you will ever see in a politician these days–he was always reasonable.

Unlike the governor who appointed him, Eliot Spitzer, Mr. Dinallo was never a grand stander. He wasn’t looking for publicity every time he took action, nor did he play to the peanut gallery when he spoke. He just did his job–and a tough one it turned out to be, especially when Gov. Spitzer, his political mentor, resigned in a sex scandal, and when American International Group nearly went belly-up.

In case you forgot all that Mr. Dinallo accomplished during his relatively brief time in office, check out his record:

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