Third Generation-Assemblyman Watches His 17th State of the State
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Not everything has changed since state Assemblyman Joseph Lentol’s grandfather and father served as assemblymen here. Two constants are the annual State of the State address and the Lentol necktie.
Lentol wore his father’s old tie as he listened to Gov. Mario Cuomo’s State of the State address on Wednesday. It’s kind of a tradition for Lentol, but it doesn’t date back nearly as far as the Lentol family ties to the Legislature.
The tie is navy with a large pink and beige swirl, ″sort of like a G- clef,″ Lenton said.
New York state had its first Assemblyman Lentol from Brooklyn in 1919. Joseph Lentol served two, one-year terms. His son, Assemblyman Edward Lentol, served from 1949 to 1962, when he became state Sen. Lentol for 10 years.
His son, the current Assemblyman Lentol, was elected in 1972.
The 45-year-old assemblyman is the only third-generation member of the Legislature.
Wednesday was Lentol’s 17th State of the State message. Assuming he didn’t miss any, his father sat through 24 of the gubernatorial speeches. The first Assemblyman Lentol - Joseph - probably witnessed two of them.
That means that some Assemblyman Lentol or other has seen 43 State of the State messages. But the current one says he’s not bored yet.
″I always look forward to it. It may be the only traditional thing left,″ said the third-generation legislator.