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Watching the clock

Posted by Matt Ryan on



At the end of every December, we here at New York NOW will often go through the gobs of footage we accumulated during the year.  One out-of-the-ordinary clip caught our eye from the legislative session. 

Our camera operator Brian Flynn was getting some video of the historic senate chamber in the spring when something unusual happened: Brooklyn Senator Simcha Felder, in mid-call, walked out of the beautiful and apparently multifunctional grandfather clock located in the southwest corner of the room. 

It led us to wonder: Is there a passageway behind this Henry Richardson creation that leads to a secret Batcave of some sort?  Or perhaps to the majority conference room where senators can slip past the media waiting in a nearby Capitol hallway? 

The answer to both questions is, sadly, no. 

Senate spokeswoman Maureen Wren confirms there is an empty space behind the clock door that could fit a standing person, but there is no outlet.   It appears perfect for privacy but hopes of some Bruce Wayne-like getaway for any of our 63 elected officials is just a fairy tale. 

Notice how nonchalant Senator Felder looks after reappearing out of the darkness in front of a group of wide-eyed individuals.  Cool, calm, collected and with a perfect sense of timing. 

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