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Sen. Schumer 'beats' Suffolk Executive Bellone in podium race

Don't try to beat Sen. Chuck Schumer at a press conference podium race.

With an eye for good optics and with rain holding off, Schumer decided to move a press conference on securing FEMA money for Suffolk County radio towers outside the police headquarters in Yaphank Monday.

But that left him and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone standing outside without a podium.

"Let's get our podium," Schumer said to his staff.

"Let's get our podium," Bellone said.

Staff raced off.

"Whoevers gets here first, wins," Bellone joked.

Schumer's staff arrived first, unfolding a portable podium that they keep in the car. It had a worn-looking U.S. Senate logo on it, and room for plenty of microphones.

"We got our podium," Schumer said proudly, before giving Bellone a little advice. "Travel light."

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