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NY Assemblyman Andrew Goodell’s automobile stolen from state Capitol storage, wrecked close by


Not even legislative leaders in Albany’s Capitol are immune from the continuing crime wave — as an upstate Republican chief who misplaced his BMW at work can attest.

Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R-Chautauqua) advised The Post {that a} automobile thief apparently stole a uniform of the state Office of General Services, which oversees amenities on the Capitol, earlier than stealing his experience after which crashing it blocks away. 

Longtime Albany insiders say they’ve by no means seen something just like the incident involving Goodell’s 2009 BMW 330xi.

“This is a first. But it illustrates the times we’re living in. Crime has been out of control for years and not nearly enough has been done to address it. Streets aren’t safe. Neighborhoods aren’t safe. And apparently the Legislature’s parking facility isn’t safe either,” mentioned Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay (R-Pulaski).

Of course, the legislators might want make it rather less straightforward to steal their issues than Goodell, a Western New York native, did. He admitted to The Post that his small city habits had been partly accountable for the heist contemplating that he left the important thing in his automobile so a staffer may entry it.

“‘You’re an idiot and I told you so,’” Goodell quoted his spouse as saying.

Assemblyman Joseph Giglio gave Goodell a raise after the automobile jacking.
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The longtime GOP flooring chief bummed a experience to his Albany house from Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R-Gowanda) earlier than strolling to work on the Capitol the next day.

“I told him it was like a bad B movie,” Giglio advised the Post of how he consoled Goodell.

The saga took one other flip the following day, when state police discovered the lacking automobile within the wee hours of the morning following a collision on the intersection of Madison Avenue and Lark Street just a few blocks from the Capitol. 

A seek for the suspect stays ongoing, in keeping with state police, although Goodell did get his Capitol ID again after it was discovered close to the crash web site.

Goodell opined that whoever jacked the Beamer – which he mentioned is now on the market “at a deep discount” – evidently had enjoyable cruising the capital earlier than wrecking the automobile reportedly full of instruments stolen from the Capitol storage.

“The sunroof was open and the windows were down up on Lark – so just having a good time,” mentioned Goodell, who will use an Assembly-provided Chevy Impala to drive residence this week. 

If caught and convicted, the suspect may face severe time within the slammer.

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Goodell left the keys contained in the automobile, giving entry to a staffer. However he ended up giving the thief a pleasure experience as an alternative.
Courtesy of Andrew Goodell

Auto theft is a non-bail eligible felony in New York if the automobile is value greater than $100, punishable by as much as 4 years in jail, authorized specialists say.

A suspect within the case with excellent fees or prior conviction, nonetheless, may very well be held on bail underneath new guidelines permitted by Albany Democrats this yr, in keeping with specialists.

“I’m pretty sure they’ll catch him, but the irony is that they’ll be back out on the street in less time it took me to walk from my apartment to my office after he stole my car,” Goodell predicted.

Ample safety and concern of incarceration apparently weren’t sufficient although to spare Goodell amid an ongoing enhance of vehicular thefts in New York City and past. 

“They do have cameras, they do have security so it was a little bit surprising that somebody would be that bold to come into a parking area like that and take the vehicle,” Giglio mentioned of the incident. 

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