Scientist fears Albany ‘Egg’ may crack
Published January 5th, 2015
ALBANY – This is no yolk.
An expert on physics believes the centerpiece of the Empire State Plaza could literally crack and wants state and city officials to fix the problem before they need to scramble at the last minute.
“What this boils down to is you are dealing with a giant egg,” said Santos McGillicuddy, a former East Berne resident and licensed massage therapist who teaches physics at Bryant & Stratton in Piscataway, N.J. “It does not matter what type of egg you are talking about, you see. They all can crack. In this case? It’ll be disastrous. ”
Calls to Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were not immediately returned.
A person with knowledge of McGillicuddy’s work described him as a “lunatic.”
“Look,” said McGillicuddy, “we can debate the existence of the moon if we want, but I know this much: That shell is going to crack. And when it does, you are all going to have egg on your face.”
McGillicuddy, who is also a former beekeeper, suggested officials construct a huge carton around The Egg to protect the structure. That scenario, which would greatly alter the appearance of the Plaza, was estimated at approximately $953 billion.
State leaders are expected to consider legislation on the matter in January.