Assembly Speaker Takes Life Lessons From ‘Star Trek’

The often-reticent New York Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, showed a different side of himself when the lifelong Star Trek fan visited a museum in New York’s North Country that replicates the fictional Starship Enterprise.  It’s a Trekkie’s dream — sitting in Capt. Kirk’s chair, standing on a transporter pod, holding an actual communicator prop from the television show. Heastie got to do all of that when he visited the Star Trek Set Tour museum in Ticonderoga as part of a tour of New York’s North Country. “I feel like I’m 10 years old again,” Heastie said. “This is amazing.” Heastie, who is 49, wasn’t yet alive when the original version of the series premiered in 1966. But the reruns in the late 1970s certainly captured his imagination.