Sam Pirozzolo Comments On Gov. Hochul’s State Of The State Address – Hot Air, Empty Promises


STATE OF THE STATE HOT AIR AND EMPTY PROMISES: A Statement by Assemblyman Sam Pirozzolo (R, C,-Staten Island) on Gov. Hochul’s State of the State Address

Today, I had the privilege of attending my first State of the State address. I am pleased to say that at the very least, Gov. Hochul admits that there’s a problem with the existing bail reform laws she supported. Our governor recognizes that we have a problem with our economy, energy costs, outward migration, and education-just to mention a few.

Recognizing the many problems is a good first step. Addressing them with empty rhetoric, and bad policy, as we have in years past, is an entirely different matter.

It seems that an awful lot of time is spent saying that ”WE” must address the root cause of society’s problems. I submit to you that reckless government spending IS one of the root causes of our society’s problems. Year after year, legislators stand before the great people of New York and make a lot of promises, yet deliver few results without any accountability.
Whether it be high crime, inflation, or affordability, none of these problems will be adequately resolved if we fail to address the education crisis in our state.

Quality education is the key to correcting course now and to safeguarding our future. This is why I reaffirm my pledge to bring deeply needed common sense change to our government, not only for the people of Staten Island but for all New Yorkers residents.

Assemblyman Sam Pirozzolo represents the 63rd Assembly District, which encompasses parts of the North Shore, including Emerson Hill, Sunnyside, Bloomfield, Travis and Chelsea.

Banner Image: Abolish the Police sign at protest. Image Credit – Gabe Pierce



Assemlymember Sam Pirozzolo

Sam Pirozzolo is a native Staten Islander. He is a frequent contributor to the Staten Islander, and is well-known and loved by people on both the Right and Left, in his North Shore community. Sam brings people together, instead of dividing, by speaking common sense and analyzing our island's, and city's, issues, with intelligence and concern for all. Sam Pirozzolo was elected to the New York State Assembly on November 8, 2022. The 63rd Assembly District represents parts of Richmond County. Sam has successfully operated his family’s optical practice for 33 years. He is the past president of Community Education Council 31 where he served for seven years. Some of his most notable accomplishments include the creation of a Gifted and Talented program for middle school students, the recommendation for the NYC Department of Education to hire retired police officers as school resource officers, and the successful fight for the immediate cleanup of toxic PCBs leaking from the light fixtures in school classrooms. As an education advocate, Sam has participated in historic litigation that led to the return of more than $4 billion to New York public schools. He also fought to ensure that co-located charter schools receive the same capital funding as their host public schools. While serving in the Legislature, Sam will work to support law enforcement officers with proper funding, fix broken bail and parole policies, and help small businesses grow and thrive in a stronger, more resilient economy.

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