Although it may not be widely known, New York State's Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is what's known as a "Trekkie," a huge fan of the Star Trek Franchise. The Speaker made a special trip to a replica of the Star Trek Enterprise set, recently built in Ticonderoga New York. State House Reporter Zack Fink boldly went with the Speaker where no man has gone before.

At the height of budget season in Albany earlier this year, on a day Mayor de Blasio paid a visit to the State Capitol to lobby for his agenda, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made this unusual statement at a press conference with the Mayor.

"I want to quote one of my favorite prophets, Mr. Spock, who in Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan said, 'The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one.'''

It turns out that the New York State Assembly Speaker is a huge fan of Star Trek. Not only the original TV series which ran just three seasons on NBC in the late 1960s, but also the motion pictures which arrived in the 1980s.

"Wrath of Khan is one of the top five movies of all time in my book," Heastie said.

 This week, Speaker Heastie traveled to upstate Ticonderoga New York where James Hawley, a part-time Elvis impersonator, has reconstructed the original set from the Star Trek TV show.

The set includes the sick bay, Captain Kirk's quarters and the famous Bridge where Kirk sat to go warp speed. Heastie got to try the replica chair out himself, even posing for a selfie.

"I feel like I am ten years old again," he said. "This was great."

Star Trek was underappreciated during it's time, and didn't really develop a cult following until it was syndicated in the 1970s. It has been on the air in some iteration ever since. Today, the show is lauded for its utopian view of the future including a multi-racial cast of explorer's aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Star Trek the series was also where the first interracial kiss took place on network television, which was controversial in its day.

"I'm here really as a fan," Heastie said. "But there are some things that you learn. Life lessons. Like they always wanted to have a peaceful discourse with any place that they went. It really was about relationships and staffing relationships. So you can learn things from some of these shows."

The Star Trek museum has been open since April, and so far has attracted 7,000 visitors to the remote village of Ticonderoga. William Shatner hasn't come himself. But Cawley says he's working on it.