The jersey barriers were set up along the street closest to the governor’s office in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, but made it pretty difficult to cross the street and were pretty ugly.
Later in the day, reporters were able to venture into Fort Pataki, even ones who lacked an official state government press credential while Gov. Andrew Cuomo met with his staff.
“Fort Pataki” refers to Gov. George Pataki closing off of the second floor wing of the Capitol that comprises the governor’s Executive Chamber. The barrier was essentially set up as a way of closing the public and press off from freely roaming around the area. This closing off pre-dated Sept. 11.
Tearing down the walls is perhaps a symbolic nod to Cuomo trying to enlist members of the public in joining with him in fixing state government.
“We believe in open government,” said Cuomo’s top aide, Steve Cohen, on an Albany radio station this morning. “We believe this Capitol belongs to the people.”
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