There were several emotional speeches on the floor of the Senate yesterday, including one from Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, a Mamaroneck Democrat retiring after 28 years in the chamber.
Oppenheimer, who announced earlier this year she wouldn’t seek reelection, called on her Senate colleagues to focus on the environment and the “plight of the school boards” as they continue on. The former Mamaroneck mayor said she will sit on the stewardship board of Audubon New York, an environmental group.
“People ask me, am I going to miss this place? And I answer, I don’t know,” Oppenheimer said. “I don’t think so. I don’t think I’ll miss the place, I think I’ll miss many of the people on both sides of the aisle.”
She referred to her “buddies in the house,” five senators she shared an eight-apartment building with in Albany. Senate Finance Chairman John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, fought to lower their assessment, she said, while Niagara County Republican George Maziarz had a “vacuum after (she) messed up the hallway.”
“There’s no question, I will miss the people,” Oppenheimer said. “But I’ll be back to haunt you.”
The 2012 legislative session wrapped up yesterday, though the possibility remains that a special session will be called before 2013.