Gov. Andrew Cuomo conveyed an inconsistent message as to the location of the eggs.
During an open house at the Governor’s Mansion — a longstanding New Year’s Day tradition Cuomo moved to Easter Sunday this year — Cuomo maintained he had no advance knowledge of the location of some 1,200 eggs hidden on the grounds.
“I do not have any special information about where the Easter eggs are,” Cuomo assured a gaggle of reporters, who were more interested in the progress of state budget negotiations than the location of the eggs. (Cuomo is “cautiously optimistic” lawmakers will pass a budget by the April 1 deadline.)
But just minutes later as he started to greet his visitors, Cuomo teased a young child that he might, in fact, know the location of at least some of the eggs — the most valuable of which were around 60 special prize eggs.
“You just want to be fast,” Cuomo told one of his young visitors, dishing out tips and advice for the egg hunt but no clues on locations. “Remember that, speed counts.”
(The governor knew nothing about the location of the eggs, one of his press aides said.)
One thing the governor could guarantee: the security of the eggs. State troopers were on hand to deter any conspiring egg thieves.
“They will not tolerate anyone who tries to steal eggs from anyone,” a smiling Cuomo said to one of the potential egg hunters.
More than 600 people, including 180 children, were registered for the tour and egg hunt which, while open to the public, did require visitors to enter a lottery well before Sunday morning. Kids walked across the mansion grounds, with parents carrying Easter egg baskets in tow, and stopped for cotton candy, hot chocolate and other New York-made treats.
And visitors also got a chance to peek inside the luxurious gubernatorial abode.
“A lot of great men have lived here over the past 150 years,” said Henry Roach, 16, who was visiting with his brother and parents from White Plains, where his dad is mayor. “It was amazing to stand where they stood.”
His younger brother, Lawson, 13, seemed more interested in the maple-flavored cotton candy, which he finished off as he and his family left the mansion. “I think it was big,” Lawson said of the governor’s Albany home.
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