Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo will not deliver his State of the State address in the Assembly chamber, as has been the custom for the past several decades. In a joint press statement, the Cuomo administration and the Speaker of the Assembly announced that he will instead speak from the Empire State Plaza’s Convention Center.

Obviously, there has been much talk about the political fight that Cuomo and Silver are likely to have over budget cuts, and controversial fiscal policies like a property tax cap. Moving the venue for the State of the State out of the Assembly chamber could be seen as a shot at Silver, though the joint statement attempts to put any of that speculation to rest.

“Speaker Silver noted that with the state in fiscal crisis and with excitement over the incoming administration mounting, the overwhelming response for invitations now exceeds the limited seating capacity available in the Assembly Chamber, the traditional venue,” the statement says.

It goes on to say the Governor-elect wishes to invite members of the public to the speech, so they anticipate a larger crowd. A lottery will be used to determine who from the public gets tickets.

“The change in setting is a metaphor for the change we must undergo as a state,” said Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo. “We must reconnect with the people and rebuild a relationship of trust.”

Senator Skelos is also quoted in the release, praising the decision. You can read the entire release after the jump.

UPDATE:
On Talk1300′s “Live from the State Capitol with Fred Dicker” the Governor-elect just said he has also asked both Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos to speak at the state of the state address. Both have accepted.

“The legislature is a large part of this process and I want to develop that relationship,” Cuomo told Fred Dicker.

At several points during the interview, Cuomo made it clear that the decision to change venues plays into a larger message that he is trying to repair the negative image of government.

“We have to get people believing in government again. We have to rebuild that relationship. Why not invite the people of NY to see the state of the state,” Cuomo said.


Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Announce Change in Venue for the 2011 State of the State Address

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver today announced that the 2011 State of the State Address, scheduled for January 5th, will be held in the Empire State Plaza’s Convention Center.

Speaker Silver noted that with the state in fiscal crisis and with excitement over the incoming administration mounting, the overwhelming response for invitations now exceeds the limited seating capacity available in the Assembly Chamber, the traditional venue.

Because the Governor-elect wishes to invite members of the general public to attend his first annual “Message to the People,” it was agreed that the Convention Center would better accommodate the larger-than-usual crowd. General admission tickets will be distributed through a lottery process.
Details regarding the lottery are forthcoming.

“The change in setting is a metaphor for the change we must undergo as a state,” said Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo. “We must reconnect with the people and rebuild a relationship of trust.”

Speaker Silver said, “We look forward to his first State of the State Address and to working with him to deal with this fiscal crisis and to reinvigorate our democracy.”

Senator Skelos said, “I applaud Governor Cuomo’s decision to open up his annual State of the State message to the people of New York State. Senate Republicans look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, Speaker Silver and all of our colleagues in the Legislature to address New York’s fiscal crisis, make the 2011 session a successful and productive one, and restore the people’s faith in state government.”

The Convention Center will unite the Legislature and the Executive Branch, and for the first time invite the People of the State to participate. Reinvigorating New York’s democracy and fostering the public’s involvement in state government is a core mission for Governor-elect Cuomo.

For those who do not receive a ticket, the State of the State Address will be televised on the NYS Legislative Channel.