Kirsten Gillibrand reportedly moving to Albany

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Update: We've heard from Kirsten Gillibrand's office that the senator's family is only temporarily moving into her mom's home while they look for a house in the Albany area.

The New York Daily News reported last week that Kirsten Gillibrand sold her Columbia County house and is moving into her mother's old house in the City of Albany.

The house is on Noonan Lane -- off 9W, tucked behind the Thruway. The road became a bit like KG's family's private driveway. Noonan is the name of KG's maternal grandparents. Polly Noonan, her grandmother, was the righthand woman to Erastus Corning. And the forever-mayor apparently spent many a night on the road. From Paul Grondahl's Mayor Corning:

Since [Corning's] wife resolutely refused to attend these events and was never seen at such functions, Corning often attended alone, or he was accompanied, at least to overtly political functions where their companionship would not raise eyebrows, by Polly Noonan. After these functions, whether Polly Noonan attended or not, Corning often made his way back later in the evening not to Corning Hill but to Noonan Lane.

And then the mayor would sit in a recliner, drink scotch and watch sports with Noonan's husband, according to Grondahl's account. [Places and Spaces] [TU]

KG's mother and father -- Penny and Douglas Rutnik (they're no longer together) -- built their house (the one KG's moving into) on the same road, as did two of Polly Noonan's other children. [NY Mag]

As you can tell from the satellite image, it looks like the end of the lane has a bit of a compound feel about it. Hey, you can't be a political family dynasty without a compound.

(Credit to Chris Churchill for picking this story out from the stream between Christmas and New Year's Day.)


So does anyone have a side by side photo of Mayor Corning and KG?

Grandma was a looker in her day herself.

You know you're living in a bad economy when even US Senators need to "temporarily" move back in with the parents...

I always wondered where that road went. The noise of the Thruway must be nonstop.

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