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State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) conducted the Republican response sketch to the annual Legislative Correspondents Association charity dinner in Albany last night, combining a sketch in which he played radio host Fred Dicker, a weird animated film takeoff on the famous Harlem Shake and Gangnam Style dance videos featuring cut-out heads of state political figures, as well as a speech by Zeldin, and a song.
Zeldin, 33, is the youngest member of the Senates GOP conference under co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) who attended as did other conference members such as Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City). In the radio skit, he featured a recording of his own speech on the Senate floor as from a caller in which Zeldin said a certain debate should be taking place in the light of day and not at an hour when only vampires were roaming the Capitol halls. How did that guy get elected? host Zeldin asked.
He goofed on gubernatorial girlfriend Sandra Lees quick-cooking show and Dickers ended so-called political bromance with Cuomo. I heard Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a very successful Memorial Day weekend knocking the hamburgers out of peoples hands, Zeldin said. He said it was the first anniversary of the Vito Lopez case settlement by the Assembly. Then came the song to the tune of Piano Man by Billy Joel, described by Zeldin as one of Long Islands most famous constituents.
Part of the lyrics:
Its six oclock on a Tuesday, the lobbyists shuffle inand they ask for a bill and put bread in my till for a race that Im gonna win
Now Dean at the bar is a friend of mine, he gets me more staff for free,
And hes talking with Shelly whos up to his belly in scandals and controversy
Sing me a song Im a Senator,
Sing me a song tonight,
Cause some day I might be a Congressman,
If I get enough votes from the right
In the Democratic response sketch, Sen. Andrew Stewart-Cousins, leader of the out-of-power Democratic conference, starred in a spoof video surreally portraying herself as the unlikely puppet master of goings on in Albany with radio news host Susan Arbetter. In her speech she said, The Democrats have really had a great year Thats not a laugh line. Ill tell you when to laugh.
The LCA's show was titled "Escape from New NY" and featured Phil Bayly playing Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy singing, "God bless the governor, man that I love..."