Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Mansion neighbors asked to stop by

ALBANY TIMES UNION

COME ON...WHAT IS AN OUTDOOR PARTY WITHOUT THE BOOZE...EVERYBODY IS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE..SO NO THREAT OF DWI......OH WELL.......I WOULD STILL GO....THAT WAS A VERY NICE GESTURE OF SPITZER TO INVITE THE NEIGHBORS..........ANDY


ALBANY -- Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Silda Wall Spitzer are inviting 800 of their closest neighbors to the Executive Mansion for a taxpayer-funded bash. Burgers and blues, but no booze.
"We thought it would be the neighborly, right thing to do," Spitzer said Tuesday.
Invitations to the Tuesday, May 22, event began showing up in the mailboxes of residents near the governor's Eagle Street dwelling this week.
"Enjoy food, music and fun on the grounds," the invites read, noting that the first floor of the mansion will be open for tours.
Spitzer said he and his wife got the idea after they held an open house in January as part of the inaugural weekend events.
"A number of people came through the front door and said: 'I've never been here before and I live two blocks away,' " the governor said. "We said: 'That's not terribly neighborly . . . this is the governor's house, the people's house -- let's invite people over for a cook-out or something.' "
The event is being paid for out of the mansion's annual events budget.
Christine Anderson, a spokeswoman for Spitzer, said the cost should be "minimal" to hire Albany blues band Ernie Williams and the Wildcats and offer hamburgers and hot dogs to guests.
Alcoholic beverages will not be served.

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