New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn't afraid of ghosts, but spooky thuds still keep him awake at night when he stays at the governor's mansion in Albany, the AP reports. The Democrat told a Long Island crowd Thursday that during legislative sessions he spends evenings unsettled by unexplained noises in the 161-year-old mansion near the Capitol building. "Now, I don't believe in ghosts and I'm a big tough Italian guy, but I'll tell you: It gets creepy in that house, and there're a lot of noises that go on, and you are very alone," Cuomo said. The governor, who spends most of his time at his family home in Westchester, has mentioned apparitions in the reputedly haunted mansion before.
Former Gov. David Paterson, who spent some time in the mansion before Cuomo took office, said he also believes the house is haunted. Paterson told the New York Post that one evening, staff told him the sound of a vase smashing was caused by the spirit of the building's original groundskeeper. Paterson said his 5-year-old nephew also told him he could feel an invisible hand guiding him up the mansion's stairs. "Governor Cuomo should be relieved," Paterson said. "It's a friendly ghost, like Casper." The only known death in the mansion was in 1909, when the Rev. David C. Hughes, the father of Gov. Charles Hughes, died from a "stroke of apoplexy," according to state archives.