Thursday, April 2, 2009

...And we're back!

Well it's been quite a week here in the Greenpoint Gazette newsroom. We kind of can't believe it isn't Friday yet. We finally made our way back to Brooklyn late Tuesday night after a couple of eventful days up in Albany, and even managed to put together a brand new issue, hitting newstands tomorrow (it's online now). We didn't get to see the State budget get passed, but we did have a chance to do a bunch of other cool stuff in and around the Capitol. As far as the budget goes, it's anyone's guess what's going to happen next. Last we heard, Ruth Hassell-Thompson, a Democrat from Westchester and the Bronx who was diagnosed with walking pneumonia, was taken back to the hospital last night, again postponing the process. But it looks like the Assembly and the Senate are resuming their squabbles on the floor this afternoon. And here are a few pictures from our trip:

Gazette Staffers and Publisher Jeff Mann outside Dilan's Office

Budget Countdown outside the State Assembly...yeah, we're still waiting.

THE EGG!!!!!!

In 1996, this was Albany's Block of the Year!!!

In other news, Speaker Silver, Majority Leader Smith and Governor Paterson announced a few days ago that part of the State budget includes a renewed film tax credit, offering filmmakers $350 million, which is definitely a good thing for a movie and TV hot spot like Greenpoint/Williamsburg. Not everyone's completely convinced though: a few of our local elected officials feel more money is necessary, and that a one-year renewal plan just isn't enough.

Also: It's a beautiful day today Greenpoint, so if you are reading this you should probably step away from your computer and take a walk in McCarren Park as soon as possible. It looks like Spring, but knowing New York we could get a blizzard tomorrow so get it while it's hot!

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