Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said he has no qualms about holding Andrew Cuomo’s first State of the State address in a convention center instead of the Assembly chamber.
Legislators and voters care more about what Cuomo, a Democrat and the outgoing attorney general, will do about issues facing the state.
“Most of the members, again, care about the issues going forward,” Silver said on TALK 1300 AM, an Albany radio station, this morning. “They don’t care what room the speech is being delivered in.”
Silver pointed out that the governor’s address and how it is delivered to the Legislature has changed over the years. Al Smith was first governor to deliver an in-person address in 1923.
He also said that with all the people Cuomo and the Legislature planned to invite, the Assembly chamber would have been overstuffed.
“We put it together and we said we can’t fit these people. It’s a fire hazard,” Silver said.