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01/07/2011 10:22 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Cuomo Camp Insisted On Making 'State' Room Ice Cold

A spending freeze in the state of New York is not the only thing Andrew Cuomo is cooling.

The room in which Cuomo gave his State of the State speech was also frigid, according to reports. State Senator Diane J. Savino was very vocal about how cold she was as Cuomo spoke. "My feet were like two blocks of ice," she told the New York Times. But why so cold? According to the New York Times,

The Cuomo camp denies that they are responsible for the frosty conditions. But one person who has worked for Mr. Cuomo, and who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid angering him, said that the governor prefers a chilly environment for big speeches.

"He likes a cold room," the person said. "Rooms get warm when there are a lot of bodies."

Newsday reported that the Cuomo camp ordered the building to cool down the room before the speech, going so far as to leave the windows open overnight (where temperatures reached a low of 36 degrees) to ensure a frosty chill.

"It felt like a meat locker in there," said Assemblyman Keith L. T. Wright.

Apparently the Cuomo team often insists on rooms being cold before the governor speaks.
But the question begs: why?