“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,” said Padavan. “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.”
Padavan’s statement did not include any thoughts about his ouster, Tony Avella – who took down the 38-year Republican incumbent by just over 3,000 votes on Election Day – or his current plans for the future.
“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.”