Today’s New York Times discusses the declining nightlife of legislators in Albany. While “fun” has been going downhill for over a decade in the Capitol, the reign of Gov. Eliot “No Fun” Spitzer has accelerated its demise according to the report. That’s inflicted Brooklyn Heights’ man in the State Senate, Martin Connor, with one heckuva existential crisis:
New York Times: In Albany, Life Has Seeped Out of Nightlife: Martin Connor flicked his eyes down the bar, surveying all the unoccupied chairs. The room was too empty. The music was too loud. “I never see legislators here anymore,” he groused, lacing his fingers around a glass of pinot noir.
It was a Wednesday night at Elda’s on Lark, a bar and restaurant two blocks from the Capitol. Lawmakers would once have been strolling through the doors for a drink or three, or six. But Mr. Connor, a long-serving state senator from Brooklyn Heights, saw no familiar faces. “I keep thinking, I’m 62 — am I out of it? Maybe this isn’t the place anymore,” he said.
“Nah,” he decided. “There’s not an everybody place anymore.”