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Post gossip dowager Cindy Adams is in a wistful mood today, reflecting on patriotism and great moments in our city's past. Cindy claims that the following information comes from the kind of pamphlet you pick up in any hotel lobby, but we're pretty sure this is actually gussied up oral history from her own memory:

Enter Battle of Saratoga hero Benedict Arnold. Bitter at not being promoted, Arnold chose betrayal. In patriot Benjamin Franklin's evacuated home in occupied Philadelphia lived British Adjutant General John Andr , 30. Arnold arranged to turn over West Point's fort in return for a generalship in the British army. Andre was captured in Tarrytown and hanged in Tappan, maybe a tollbooth away from our now Tappan Zee Bridge.

There you have it, kids: When it comes to important events that took place a good two hundred plus years ago, Cindy's on the beat. Much like she was then. We can't wait until Labor Day when Cindy regales us with her stories about how she used to date Peter McGuire of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.

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