January 8, 2013

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Governor buys used car for daughter at Saugerties dealer

SAUGERTIES – When Bob Siracusano, the owner of Sawyer Motors in Saugerties, advertised a 1996 mint condition white Ford Bronco on eBay, he never thought he would get a call from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The governor wanted to buy a good, reliable used vehicle for his daughter, who just got her driver’s license. Cuomo called the dealership several times asking a salesman about the vehicle and finally the worker told the man, who at that time didn’t identify himself, to call the owner, Siracusano. He asked the owner several questions as well, including if he was Republican or Democrat and then told Siracusano he was speaking to the governor. (Listen to interview with Bob Siracusano.)

“There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that wasn’t him because I could tell by his voice”, Siracusano told MidHudsonNews.com.  “The light came on and I’m saying, ‘I’m speaking to the governor’.  And, to get texts back and forth from the governor, that was the best part of it. I would be sitting at home at night and the governor would text me, ‘what about the tires, what about this, what about that, can we do this, can we do that.’”

Cuomo came to the showroom not long ago, test drove the truck, met the employees, and then sent a text to Siracusano a couple of days later saying he wanted to buy the vehicle.

No word on whether the governor, right, had lunch in Siracusano's retro showroom

The price was confidential, but according to Kelley Blue Book, which is the bible of new and used car value, that make and model vehicle in mint condition would sell for around $8,745.


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