ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t afraid of ghosts, but he says spooky sounds keep him awake when he stays at the official governor’s mansion in Albany.

Cuomo told a Long Island crowd on Thursday that during legislative sessions he spends evenings awake and unsettled by unexplained bumps in the night.

It’s not the first time Cuomo has mentioned apparitions in the reputedly haunted mansion near the Capitol. In an April speech in Harlem, Cuomo said he isn’t frightened, “as a big, tough guy,” but uses eerie, sleepless nights to read about past governors.

Former Gov. David Paterson told the New York Post that personal experience and staff testimony convinced him the 161-year-old mansion is haunted.

Patterson said the ghost is friendly “like Casper.”

Cuomo spends most nights at his family home in Westchester.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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