Where to plot your legislative overthrow


The place to rock with your conspirators

This NYT story about all the recent drama in the state Senate has some great details about the planning of the legislative overthrow -- including a few scenes "on location" around Albany.

After Tom Golisano's now infamous/absurd Blackberry-stained meeting with Malcolm Smith, he began plotting with Republicans. Where?

Mr. Golisano gave up on the Democrats and Mr. Pigeon moved quickly to set up a meeting with three top Senate Republicans. Secrecy was imperative, so they decided to meet at a small Albany rock club, Red Square, an unlikely locale for lawmakers.
"You wouldn't find anybody there that we knew," recalled Senator George D. Maziarz, a Republican from western New York who attended.

And after you've ambushed the majority and taken over the Senate, where do you party?

That night around 9, Mr. Espada, Mr. Monserrate and members of their staffs adjourned to Salsa Latina, a restaurant in Albany, to wind down. Mr. Skelos briefly stopped by to congratulate them. They quietly recounted the day, and began planning for what would happen next.

Where else would they go? Monday is $2.99 margarita day at Salsa Latina.

Comments

If this weren't so ridiculous (and sad), it would be hilarious on every level. I am concerned about the future of the Senate's new branding oifficer, creative director and Director of Twitte/Facebook? I am just saying.

Hailarious. While I'm surprised it wasn't in his own secret treehouse (say the passphrase, "don't tax me, bro!" to get him to drop the rope ladder), I'm glad to know that the once interesting Red Square is now useful for something, if not hosting good shows.

Hope they enjoyed Red Square! Especially since the next time they have to meet with Espada & Monserrate it might be in less comfortable accomodations (the slammer).

This just keeps getting crazier and crazier. I can hardly believe it.

Why Red Square?

Because they knew no one else would be in the club.

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