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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer had a lot to do with arranging the big swearing-in luncheon in Washington, D.C., last Tuesday as chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. But despite a good deal of New York-centric stuff, the symbolic Long Island duck was dropped in favor of bison from South Dakota. Overall, wrote Dana Milbank of the Washington Post about the luncheon, It was the most audacious export of New York products since Gov. Eliot Spitzer arranged for a New York prostitute to meet him at Washingtons Mayflower Hotel.
But the ducks exclusion left a well-known local caterer, Butch Yamali, owner of the Coral House in Baldwin, with a cause celebre to build. So he held a press conference to voice his objection, Schumer answered with a light-hearted wise-quack -- quoted here in 11th paragraph -- and life has gone on, after the story gained prominence on media sites.
Those are just a few examples.