Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has seen her fair share of State of the City addresses. She talks to C&S Editor Morgan Pehme about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s speech and the need for more humor in the annual address.
“I thought he hit all the highlights and did it in a fun, entertaining fashion,” Brewer said of de Blasio’s speech, pointing out the mayor’s call to expand paid sick leave, jobs, affordable housing and inequality.
Brewer has been a mainstay in city government for more than a decade, attending many state of city addresses.
“I wish all of us in elected office had a better sense of humor,” Brewer said. “It doesn’t have to be Seinfeld or Jon Stewart but it needs a little bit more sense of humor. I try and say irreverent jokes, sometimes they are a little off color, but we all need humor.”
Brewer also wanted to make it clear that she was taking notes about the speech on her iPhone and not answering emails or doing anything else.