Queens State Senator Tony Avella, often known to speak his mind, wrote a letter to the editor of his local Patch publication highly critical of the “new fad we are witnessing is the multitude of ‘State of the State’ and ‘State of the City’ addresses.”
“I am writing to voice my disdain with what I see as a new fad being used as a self-promotional tool amongst politicians who, quite often, are seeking higher office throughout this city and state,” Mr. Avella began, explaining while he has “no problem with the governor, mayors and heads of municipalities” giving addresses, he is concerned with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Comptroller John Liu, and the various Borough Presidents all needing to give speeches of their own.
(He didn’t even mention some of the “State of the District” speeches by some elected officials.)
“It is ridiculous and a complete waste of time and money to set up these events that often seem like campaign speeches without the banners and adoring supporters,” he added.
Mr. Avella finished his letter calling for an end to these speeches.
“The shameless self-promotion and grandstanding needs to end. Our city and state face great challenges that deserve our undivided attention,” he said. “All these self aggrandizing speeches really only serve to beg the question that with all of these great ideas and accomplishments by these politicians, why do we still face such serious problems?”