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Wednesday, June 13

Dog Day morning

I really hope someone takes some pictures of today's press conference with Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R-Glenville) and Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson).

Both politicians have been involved in drafting legislation for tougher laws on animal abusers and they're getting together for Animal Advocacy Day, so of course their dogs will be in attendance — Tedisco's Corgie Amazing Grace aka Gracie (nicely done, sir, how 'bout a picture next time. I have a soft-spot for corgies — I know county reporter Michael Cignoli is with me on that) and Ball's dog Hannah.

But those dogs won't be the only unusual appearances at a political event.Also in attendance will be (and from here I'll just let the press release take over):
"Prince Lorenzo Borghese, an entrepreneur and New York City-based animal advocate who is best known as the featured Bachelor from season 9 of the hit ABC reality show, The Bachelor, Laura LaFrate an animal advocate from Scotia who was the runner-up on this season of America’s Next Top Model, and acting dog Bocker the Labradoodle, who has appeared in Men in Black 3, Eat Pray Love and War of the Worlds"
I know politics makes strange bed-fellows, but wow. (Yes, those are his links.)

To give credit where credit is due, also slated to be in attendance are:
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester)
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan)
Steve Caporizzo of Pet Connection
County District Attorney Kathleen Rice
Schenectady County District Attorney Bob Carney, who prosecuted the case
that inspired Buster’s felony animal cruelty law
County District Attorney Jim Murphy (I'll have to ask him about being star-struck by Bocker the labradoodle)
Hundreds of pet owners, animal supporters, rescues, shelters, veterinarians

The event, for those who can't miss the action, is Wednesday, June 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY. The speaking program, which will be emceed by Steve Caporizzo, from Pet Connection, will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Exciting update!
I found a picture of Gracie on a flier for the event:

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