By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- On the night of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's big annual Happy Birthday fundraiser, which his campaign throws for him in Manhattan, comes this birthday wish, of sorts, from the state Republican Party:
What are your plans on this special night, New York?
For just $50,000 for a top-shelf ticket, you can hang out with Andrew Cuomo as he's personally serenaded by pop icon Billy Joel. That's right, the same governor who's demanding welfare for politicians via publicly financed campaigns and is trying to cap contributions to political organizations is selling tickets to his birthday party for as much as $50,000 -- or just a little less than New Yorkers' median income.
How about that. Can't make it? Neither can we. But fortunately, our NYGOP spies were able to get ahold of Billy Joel's set list for tonight's shindig. Check it out:
"You May Be Right," as sung by Andrew Cuomo to Republicans about lowering taxes;
"In the Middle of the Night," or, How Andrew Cuomo Passed the SAFE Act;
"Pressure (from the Governor's Office)," or, Why the Moreland Commission Won't Subpoena Major Democrat Donors;
"Movin' Out (Andrew's Song)," or, Why New York's Businesses Keep Leaving for Lower-Tax States;
"The Longest Time," or, The Story of the Fracking Decision;
"We Love You Just the Way You Are," as sung by the Assembly Democrat caucus to Shelly Silver;
"Upstate Girl," featuring the Growing Chorus of Upstaters Who Disapprove of Andrew Cuomo;
"I Go to Extremes (But Only After MSNBC Attacks me for Working with Republicans)," as sung by Andrew Cuomo;
"Summer, Rainbow Falls (The Great Adirondack White-Water Rafting Challenge)," as sung by Andrew Cuomo; and
"Scenes from a Yogurt Summit" "New York Washington State of Mind," as sung by Andrew Cuomo.