From the Morning Memo:

The youthful insurgents who want to turn the system upside down one day can eventually find themselves the establishment.

That was one of the lessons raised in a speech Thursday night to City & State’s 40 Under 40 reception by Rich Azzopardi, a senior advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The event honors young people working in government, advocacy and media in New York politics.

Azzopardi, whose occasionally arched commentary on Twitter and in person has raised eyebrows over the years, praised the work of honorees this year like Sens. Zellnor Myrie and Julia Salazar for passing key legislation in their first year in office.

But he also gave the youthful crowd in attendance a note of perspective: The people who were elected to shake up the system will one day be viewed as the establishment by the subsequent generation.

Azzopardi pointed to the early careers of Carl Heastie, now the Assembly speaker who may be fending off primary challengers aimed at his Democratic conference members next year, who was first elected as a member of the “Rainbow Rebels” to topple the existing machine.

And he pointed to the 2004 election of Albany County District Attorney David Soares, elected on a platform of reform to the state’s drug laws, who this past year was criticized for raising concerns as the state district attorney association president over criminal justice law changes like ending cash bail and speedy trial reforms.

“So, what’s my point about knowing your history? It’s this: today’s insurgents become tomorrow’s establishment, it’s a fact and it’s by design,” Azzopardi said. “No challenge is going to break the wheel of the Democratic Party, its actually what’s been making it spin since the beginning.”

Azzopardi in the speech pointed to Cuomo’s philosophy on governing: Getting stuff done, and not resting. Cuomo, of course, clashed with Democrats in the Legislature this year as a flood of long-sought legislation for progressives was approved.

Cuomo continues to draw distinctions between progressives who make aspirational speeches and his view of progressivism, which is accomplishing tangible victories.

He’s also suggested lawmakers this year introduced legislation written by advocates, but unworkable in reality.

Newly elected lawmakers, many of whom represent a younger generation, have not shied away from public criticism of the governor in Albany and his approach to governing.

In his remarks, Azzopardi said there’s a burden that comes with electoral success.

“But if you win, it gets real,” he said. “It’s on you and those who you trust to work with you to get things done.”