By now, everyone knows the story that Assemblyman Frank Skartados once delayed his Albany duties in 2010 to deliver a baby goat on his Milton, Ulster County, farm.
His farm duties almost interfered with him voting for his own election to the Assembly on Tuesday: Another goat on his farm was in labor.
He said he was scheduled to meet local TV and print reporters at his polling place Tuesday morning when one of his dozen goats starting giving birth.
“I had about 10 minutes to get to the voting booth when one of the goats decided to give birth,” Skartados explained yesterday. “I had to call the attendant, and I said, ‘Listen you take over, I have to go vote. People are waiting for me.'”
So he left and returned home later that day to find the mother goat had given birth to not one, but two babies.
“When I got back, I found twins!” Skartados said. “They were beautiful, by the way.”
So Skartados knew then he was in for a good day.
He easily cruised to election to a seat he held in 2009 and 2010, but lost in 2010 to Republican Tom Kirwan. Kirwan’s death last year created an open seat and Tuesday’s special election.
He will be sworn in today.
Of course, Skartados’ goat stories are not to be confused with other Assembly animal stories involving Hudson Valley lawmakers. Greg Ball, then an assemblyman and now a senator, said he found a dead goat on his lawn in 2009.
And Assemblyman Steve Katz, who is challenging Ball for the GOP Senate nomination this year, admitted earlier this month to two dismissed animal-abuse charges involving his veterinarian business.