The Republican Assembly Campaign Committee held a $350 per person golf fundraising event in Wilton, a suburb of Saratoga Springs, where a funeral was being held for state Trooper Joseph Longobardo. The officer died last week after being shot while searching for fugitive Ralph "Bucky" Phillips, who was captured Friday.
There were concerns about the date, said Phil Oliva, a spokesman for Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco. But organizer Roy McDonald, a GOP Assemblyman and a Vietnam veteran, wanted to go ahead. The first tee shots were preceded by a moment of silence and a prayer.
This is how the Assembly Republicans in NY marked the fifth anniversary of 9-11.