From presidential power to Matt Lauer, Westchester gets its props on ‘SNL’

billhill.jpgThis weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” opened with the setting of what viewers were told was the Clinton house in Chappaqua for a skit about Hillary Clinton hosting a Halloween party for fellow Democratic presidential candidates.

The skit featured the always-awesome Amy Poehler as Hillary and impressionist extraordinaire Darrell Hammond as Bill, and culminated with a Barack Obama impersonator removing his mask to reveal his true identity: Obama himself!

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams did a really good job hosting, and one of his shining moments was captured in an SNL Digital Short about his work day. Halfway through the two-and-a-half minute clip, Williams opens the window in his 30 Rockefeller Plaza office and pelts former Westchester residents Matt Lauer and Al Roker with pennies; Lauer earned a penny in advance for his thoughts, literally cursing Williams off for the act. Hih. Lare.

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Insanity-inducing White Plains commute drives ‘Nude Dude’ to streak through Times Square

times-square.jpgThe streaker who surprised tourists at 9:30 p.m. yesterday, predictably, had a history of psychiatric problems. But perhaps more telling: He was also apparently a White Plains commuter. As the security guards ran him drown in traffic, according to the NY Post, he was muttering “something about he was on his way home.”

Honestly, given the claustrophobic cattle cars coming out of White Plains station, can you really blame him for going a little loopy?

In perhaps the greatest ironic twist in the story, he apprehended next to a vendor’s cart marked NUTS 4 NUTS.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Letterman’s Top 10 ‘Things Overheard During Dick Cheney’s Hunting Trip’

letterman.jpgThe trip, of course, was to a hunting outfit in LaGrangeville, just over the Putnam border in Dutchess County. The segment aired on Wednesday night’s show. I sure hope this writer’s strike doesn’t go through, or else Dave (who lives in North Salem) is going to have to come up with gems like this all by his lonesome.

10.    “Has everyone updated their will?”

9.    “The crisp air is giving me goosebumps – no, wait, it’s another heart attack.”

8.    “This can’t end well.”

7.    “My pacemaker also makes bird calls.”

6.    “I want the quail taken alive – let’s find out what the son of a bitch knows.”

5.    “Bush was supposed to come, but his father got him out of it.”

4.    “Condi, grab a shotgun and go get yourself a man.”

3.    No number 3 – writers making picket signs for upcoming strike.”

2.    “You shoot one old guy in the face, avoid talking to authorities, delay taking a blood-alcohol test and you’re labeled a bad guy.”

1.    “Duck!”

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

‘Belinda from Westchester’ warns Ghost Hunters of supernatural lady

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Without a costume, my Halloween night pretty much consisted of doing a whole lot of nothing and eating candy unclaimed by trick-or-treaters. But at least someone in Westchester County was more actively in touch with the spooky spirit of the holiday.

During The Atlantic Paranormal Society’s live six-hour investigation of the supposedly haunted Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Ky., viewers of the SciFi channel’s “Ghost Hunters” were encouraged to alert the crew of strange and paranormal activity by “pushing the Panic button” on the show’s Web site.

The Lower Hudson Valley was ready for the call early this morning. Shortly after 1 a.m., “Belinda (from) Westchester” warned of an “apparition of a woman by Steve” Gonsalves, one of the TAPS investigators.

The episode was strangely engaging. Nothing conclusive appeared to happen in the 90 minutes that I watched, yet I couldn’t look away. I’m guessing this is how people feel while watching “Dancing with the Stars.”