In what is pretty much just a formality, given the overwhelmingly 3,000+ vote margin of victory of his Democratic opponent, former NYC Councilman Tony Avella, soon-to-be-former veteran GOP Sen. Frank Padavan just released an official concession statement.

“It has been a deep honor to serve my Country and City and a privilege to serve as a New York State Senator for nearly four decades,” the 38-year Senate veteran wrote.

“Over that time, we faced times of unimaginable adversity and moments of great triumph. We have overcome odds never thought possible and we stand stronger for taking on each and every challenge. ”

“I am proud of the countless good works our community has undertaken together and moreover I am proud to have been a part of them.”

“Earlier today, I officially ended my pursuit for another term in the State Senate. The voters of the 11th Senate District have spoken and now our community heads in a new direction. While the decision comes with a heavy heart, I welcome new and exciting opportunities to continue my life-long service to the Northeast Queens community.”

Padavan filed a court motion last week to impound all ballots and voting machines in the 11th SD, citing problems with the new equipment, even though the unofficial results showed him badly trailing Avella, 25,864 votes to 22,781 votes.

Padvan’s defeat was a blow not only to the Senate GOP, but also to Mayor Bloomberg, who counted the senator as one of his staunchest allies in Albany.

(Exhibit A: Padavan’s odd stroll through the back of the chamber at the height of the Senate stalemate, which just so happened to come as the votes on mayoral control of the public schools were being tallied.

The senator insisted he hadn’t meant to be marked as “present” to vote and was merely in search of a drink, although he could never quite get his story straight on what sort of beverage he had been craving).

Avella’s win was a victory for the DSCC, which had spent at least $268,879 to help him as of the 11-day pre-general election filing.

It’s also a win for Senator-elect Mike Gianaris, who worked his heart out on Avella’s campaign and insisted the former councilman (who raised his name recognition with a long-shot run for mayor in 2009) had a shot at unseating Padavan – an effort his former colleague, NYC Councilman Jim Gennaro, came within spitting distance of accomplishing in 2008.

That year saw big Democratic turnout thanks to the presidential race, which didn’t materialize this year, causing the GOP to mistakenly believe Padavan would likely be safe. The SRCC spent $205,669 as of the 11-day filing to help Padavan. (Keep in mind the big spending usually occurs in the final days of the campaign).

In closing, Padavan said the following:

“Of all the accomplishments that we have achieved as a community, I most proud of the partnerships forged with generation after generation of residents, families and groups located in the 11th Senate District.”

“I look forward to continuing to build upon those partnerships in the coming years. In closing, I leave with a wholehearted thank you for the support the voters of the 11th Senate District placed in me year after year as their Senator.”

He didn’t mention anything about Avella.