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Grisanti fight makes for a song

ALBANY -- Last night's Legislative Correspondents Association show, an annual skit poking fun at Albany's politicians, zeroed heavily in on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. (Lots of shoutouts, though, have been going to state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, who, while wearning a Richard Nixon mask, did an updated Watergate scene involving Cuomo's anticipated 2016 presidential bid; the normally stiff Cox is the son-in-law of the late former president.)

There was little doubt Sen. Mark Grisanti's infamous brawl at the Seneca Nation's Niagara Falls casino would be part of the show, and reporters did not disappoint.

So, here's the script of the song "Casino Fighting,'' to the music of "Kung Fu Fighting.'' The "Parker" reference in the song is Sen. Kevin Parker, who has earned a reputation for his fiery ways:

"Everybody’s casino fighting

Those cats was fast as lightning

In fact it was a little bit frightnin'

 

But I fought with Parker's timin'

There were funky Senecas from funky Buffalo

They were holding me down, I was was punching them up

 

It's an ancient barroom art, pulling macho guys apart

From a feint into a slip, gave some sucker a fat lip

 

Everybody’s casino fighting

Those cats was fast as lightning

In fact it was a little bit frightnin'

But I fought with Parker's timin'

 

I'm a funky senator who throws funky punches down

I said, I am the big boss, let's get it on

I hunkered down and took a stand, starting swinging with my hands

Then some bozo made me trip, it was a YouTube video hit

 

Everybody’s casino fighting

Those cats was fast as lightning

In fact it was a little bit frightnin'

But I fought with Parker's timin''

 

--Tom Precious

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Robert J. McCarthy

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Tom Precious

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Tom Precious joined The Buffalo News in 1997 as bureau chief at the state Capitol, where he covers everything from statewide politics and state government fiscal affairs to health care, environmental and municipal government matters. Prior to The News, he worked for news outlets in Albany and Washington, DC.

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Jerry Zremski

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Jerry Zremski, The Buffalo News Washington bureau chief, has reported from the nation's capital since 1989 after joining The News as a business reporter in 1984. A graduate of Syracuse University, Zremski is a former Nieman fellow in journalism at Harvard University. In 2007, he served as president of the National Press Club.

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