Tag Archive: Tony Avella

Mar 19 2014

Race to replace Avella gets more interesting

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John Liu’s name recognition is strong, if not stronger than Tony Avella in District 11.

The future is unwritten, or is it?

Since his recent betrayal of the Democratic Party left him alone in the woods, everyone is wondering who will rise to the occasion and primary “maverick” state Sen. Tony Avella?

With all the hypotheses circulating around town we’ve all managed to miss one little thing: With every possible candidate in north Queens comfortable and safe in their seats, there’s only one viable candidate that has enough political clout and name recognition to battle the 800 pound gorilla that is Tony Avella.

That candidate is none other than John Liu, the only candidate with nothing to lose.

With Liu’s recent endorsement of Grace Meng, Congress was out of the question and Peter Koo easily won reelection, so a Council run won’t happen, at least not for another four years. And since no incumbent in their right mind wants to risk losing their seat to take on Tony, what’s left? Where will Liu run? Everyone knows Liu is a natural leader destined to run again, so how about where he lives in SD 11?

Could it happen? While whites are a majority in the district, Liu’s name recognition could overcome the tribal nature of politics in Queens; where people tend to vote according to race. But this is not a general election, and Joe voter on the street (who love Tony unabashedly) won’t be showing up for a primary, county supporters will. If it comes to pass, the low turnout primary will be a bare knuckle, door-to-door marathon not an endorsement and fundraising sprint. Tony will have to get enough boots on the ground and run the ultimate pull operation to have a fighting chance against a strong County-backed candidate like John Liu.

Reality will soon set in when Avella’s traditional support network will not be there for him. This matchup could split labor forces as well, further diminishing Tony’s chances. In this scenario, Liu could win. And While the hunt to replace Avella may end with John Liu  (the only candidate that could beat him) it’s also Liu’s best option right now.

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Mar 11 2014

Avella Defends The IDC

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Elections are coming up…

Pragmatism in politics or a betrayal of core values?

In a press release, Sen. Avella makes a bold statement of principle leaving us to wonder:

Does joining the IDC and cooperating with Senate Republicans make him (or any member of the IDC for that matter) any less of a Democrat? Sen. Avella doesn’t think so. See links below.

FYI: SENATOR AVELLA SHARES TWO OP-ED ARTICLES DEFENDING THE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE 

The Democrats in the Senate minority are no truer Democrats than those in the IDC. Just because the members of the IDC have determined that it is in the best interest of their constituents (and themselves) to share power with the Republicans, does not make them any less principled or worthy of carrying their party’s standard.

read more: http://media.cityandstateny.com/2/75/new-york-state-senate/party-poopers.html#.Ux8iJYnD_cu

~Watch out if you try to be bipartisan in Albany. You’re hands-across-the-aisle approach to lawmaking is not welcome there, particularly in the Capitol.

read more:http://www.silive.com/opinion/editorials/index.ssf/2014/03/bucking_the_tide_in_albany_bre.html

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Mar 05 2014

Avella Rewarded With Sweet Committee Assignments

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After Senator Martin Dilan called for Senator Tony Avella to be excommunicated from the Democratic Party, the lawmaker announced his committee assignments Wednesday, and now we all can see why Tony truly left the Democrats in the dust:

Avella is  now seated on the Banks, Codes, Education, Housing, Construction and Community Development, Insurance, Judiciary, and Transportation Committees.

A quid pro quo? A betrayal of values and campaign promises? Whatever you may call it, Tony Avella is smiling down from Albany.

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Mar 03 2014

Grace Meng ‘Disappointed’ With Tony Avella

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What does it mean when the nicest person in politics is suddenly calling you out?

You’ve been a bad boy Tony.

At her campaign announcement, Grace Meng said how deeply disappointed she was with Avella’s switch to the IDC.

This means a little more than at first glance: Meng is an optimist known for her sincerity, warmth, and candor to everyone – even her political enemies – which comes in part from longstanding roots in her hometown district and an old school sense of respect. Grace gives a mother’s touch to everything, sort of like the district’s ever-watchful matriarch, always reluctant to scold you in public, so when she  spoke of her feelings during a press conference about Tony Avella and his IDC debacle (an old colleague mind you), we couldn’t help but feel like our mother just gave us that look of REAL disappointment.

John Liu wasn’t happy about Tony either, but it’s Grace’s comments we should be mindful of, no matter how delicate.

[From The Politicker] State Senator Tony Avella’s decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference is irking ex-Comptroller John Liu and Congresswoman Grace Meng.

Mr. Liu and Ms. Meng–who like Mr. Avella, are Democrats hailing from northeast Queens–criticized Mr. Avella when asked about about his recent move to join the breakaway conference Democrats governing the State Senate with the Republican Party.

“It’s disappointing to say the very least,” Ms. Meng told Politicker at an unrelated press conference. “I think the Democrats, especially the Democratic senators, have worked very hard on issues that not only affect Democrats throughout the state, but affect everyone, all working families. And so I was disappointed at the very least.”

Full article: http://politicker.com/2014/03/grace-meng-and-john-liu-slam-tony-avella-for-joining-idc/

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Feb 28 2014

Letter to the editor: Avella Talks Smack

Ali FadilLocal Queens transit activist, Ali Fadil, writes in discussing his frustrations with Senator Tony Avella regarding negative rumors Avella allegedly spread about him to MTA officials instead of working together to solve a community issue.

[Letter to the editor]

Dear Queens-Politics:

As you all may know I am a community activist based in Northeast Queens and I work on issues related to express bus service in Northeast Queens. I am writing today to discuss Senator Tony Avella.

One of the most troubling and disheartening things that I have heard about Avella are the rumors which I have heard about him. These rumors are about Avella talking about me behind my back to MTA officials which I really hope is not true. It is unacceptable for an elected official to advocate for his constituents to their faces while at the same time turning around and talking about his constituents behind his constituents’ back to the agency that the constituent has problems with. If doing something like that does not violate the public trust, then what does?

No pun intended, but IDC (internet jargon for I don’t care for those who don’t know) about someone’s political party/caucus affiliation or how progressive or conservative they are. I am willing to work with anyone who will work with me to get what our neighborhood needs are, bottom line. Neighborhood needs such as improved express bus service are not necessarily partisan; in fact some of the biggest advocates for improved express bus service include Republicans such as Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden or Staten Island Borough President Jim Oddo and Democrats such as District Leader Lew Simon or Councilman Costa Constantinides.

All in all, what is most disheartening to me personally is not Avella’s switch to the State Senate Independent Democratic Conference (although I found it to be a shocker); but it is the rumors that I have heard that Avella spoke about me behind my back to MTA officials instead of genuinely working with me to get the MTA to make the service improvements our express bus riders in Northeast Queens deserve.

 

Ali Fadil

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Feb 27 2014

Does Your Senator Ever Embarrass You?

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Can anyone name a key piece of legislation that has affected the lives of residents in his district? Or a capital project? The answer is no as Tony Avella continues to campaign for a better salary.

Ladies and gents let’s look at the distinguished history of the candidate that runs for anything, anyhow, anytime.

Within a four year period, Tony Avella ran for mayor, senator, and borough president, so is it to anyones surprise that he sold out his constituency in order to become a member of a separate caucus?

Why is he selling out? Is it because he’ll make more money and get more staff – all to run for another office because thats what political prostitutes do? They don’t care about the people; they only care about their own interests and self-preservation.

When Avella was running for Beep he was with Senator Gianaris, and you’d see him with Senator Huntley and other indicted politicians. So what ended up happening? Avella dropped out mid-race to avoid a political disaster. It proves he’s only had one interest: to take a paycheck from government. Tony Avella has been on the public dime his entire life.

Avella has no political values or core beliefs. Now we don’t mind when elects stand up for what they believe in, but Avella is all about what will bring him to the next political step.

But wait a minute. Is this the same IDC that opened the door and accepted the likes of Malcolm Smith? Is it the same cabal of coo coos that supported Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada as they ripped off the government and empowered themselves politically? There’s nothing independent about this move; it’s all about self preservation and political advancement.

Let’s face it folks, Tony Avella is nothing more than a cheap politician that has only represented himself. Why else would he take donations from convicted felon Richard Lipsky or fill the College Point Little League grounds with toxic waste? When all is said and done, Tony Avella is all about himself. Government is no longer of the people, government is for special interests, and Tony Avella is the perfect example.

If you want to see the worst example of politician, you'll find Tony Avella: self-promoter extraordinaire.

If you want to see the worst example of politician, you’ll find Tony Avella: self-promoter extraordinaire.

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Feb 26 2014

IDC Move Leaves Avella Vulnerable to Challengers

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Benedict Arnold eat your heart out.

Say it ain’t so Tony, the people are outraged.

Tony Avella was sent to Albany with a clear mandate by the Democratic Party to tow the line yet what he did was disgraceful and self-centered.

The good people of the 11th Senatorial did not vote for Tony Avella just to give the GOP another seat and get another chairmanship; he was sent to do work as a DEMOCRAT, and many people in this community supported him for years, yet now he turned his back on us? That’s disloyalty.

According to a Democratic insider, “The IDC is about 5 senators crying over spilled milk by joining Dean Skelos –it’s about getting more money, more staff and a committee chair – it’s not about people it’s about self-interest.”

Tony’s betrayal will not come without consequences. Much of the Democratic establishment have already turned their eyes to seeking out a challengerThe sudden switch could hurt the efforts by mainstream Dems to reclaim control of the Senate in this year’s election cycle, and no one will just forgive that. However, in this district, Tony has some name recognition and he’s loved by many, that is, the many that can’t look past the cheap headlines. 

Nevertheless, with Tony switching sides, he’s vulnerable now more than ever for a worthy primary challenger to arise — especially when County leaves him hanging in the dust… Or will they?

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Feb 26 2014

Avella Says Farewell, Joins Rebel IDC

From True News From Change NYC: Avella joins Albany Rebel IDC Democrats 
Realignment Buzz: Avella’s IDC Move Triggered by Queens Machine Losing Speakers Race. 
Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) is set to announce that he’s joining a dissident group of four Democrats that runs the state chamber with the GOP in an unprecedented bipartisan arrangement. The switch could be a serious blow to the effort by mainline Dems to reclaim control of the Senate in this year’s elections. * Avella moves to I.D.C., and Democrats grimace(Capital) Democrats, who are trying to reclaim control of the Senate in this year’s elections, were quick to criticize the move: “It’s unfortunate that progressive policies continue to be stymied because of divisions created by Senators who choose to empower Republicans,” said Senate Democratic Communications DirectorMike Murphy in a statement early this morning.* @TonyAvella is joining the #nysenate IDC. This will frustrate Democratic attempts to regain control of chamber (NYDN)
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Feb 18 2014

Tony Avella: Job Killer

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Someone should tell Tony the overdevelopment movement died when the economy died.

Stop trying to kill jobs Tony.

For over sixty years, there have been multiple plans to develop Willets Point and although many have failed, this blighted, toxic waste land is finally scheduled for revitalization that will create much-needed jobs in Queens, but Senator Avella doesn’t want it, he doesn’t care about jobs because he doesn’t need one.

Tony Avella has worked his whole life on the public payroll with do nothing positions with Mayor Dinkins, Senator Stavisky, City Council, and now as State Senator so it’s easy to understand how he doesn’t grasp the need for private sector development and job creation. Because of that, maybe it explains his bizarre crusade to destroy the families of trade union workers? How does Tony Avella think that the operating engineers and carpenters are going to get work without this project? What’s Paul Graziano going to shake his pony tail and all of a sudden the economy is going to get better? Is QueensCrap going to employ 5000 people on her blog? Are the weirdo 2 man civics going to suddenly start fracking on Northern Blvd. and create a thousand jobs? However it comes about, people are still suffering and Tony’s go-it-alone maverick attitude doesn’t seem to help out.

On the surface, it appears that Avella is mad because of incentives given to developers, but the incentives were credible, and the millions that would be pumped into the economy could have went elsewhere – but they chose to invest it here in Queens. That’s the surface; if you dig a little deeper, Tony Avella has morphed into an angry player hater, and he’s all alone. His colleagues know better than to sign on board with his cheap headlines, they won’t go anywhere near him because he’s a terrible politician and everyone knows it. He can’t cooperate with colleagues and he can’t pass anything in legislature – it’s all smoke and mirrors with Tony, you get nothing, just a name you know yet lacking in any political capital to get the job done. His disdain for developers is so profound that he’s willing to let union workers, their families and children become the collateral damage. Obviously joblessness was not one of his considerations.

Does Tony Avella realize that when a union worker is out of work it devastates families? Not everyone has a public check wired into their account every two weeks. Is Tony really that out of touch with New Yorkers that he’s turning the destruction of jobs into his own psychotic vanity project?

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http://archidose.blogspot.com/2008/11/willets-point.html

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Nov 01 2013

How About An Election Weekend?

http://www.meadecounty.org/elections_photo.jpgLocal elects rally to move Election Day to the weekend to increase voter turnout.

Press Release:

Rep. Israel, NY State Sen. Avella and NY State Assemblyman Braunstein to Call For Passage of Legislation to Move Election Day to Weekend 

Moving Election Day to a more convenient time would increase voter turnout 

Bayside, NY— On Monday, November 4 at 11 a.m., Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington), New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and New York State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) will call for immediate passage of legislation to move Election Day from the first Tuesday to the weekend after the first Friday in November, thereby making it more convenient for voters and increasing voter turnout. As seen in our most recent election last November, long lines in many polling places kept voters waiting for more than two hours. Voter turnout in the United States has long lagged behind similar democracies around the world.  Only 57.5 percent of eligible voters actually voted in the United States in the 2012 elections.

Who:              Rep. Steve Israel (D – Huntington), New York State Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and New York State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) 

What:            Rep. Israel, New York State Senator Tony Avella and New York State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein to call for passage of legislation to move Election Day to the weekend.

When:           Monday, November 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Where:          Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Avenue Bayside, NY 11360

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Oct 16 2013

The Truth Behind Democrat Paul Graziano’s Latest GOP Endorsement

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When he’s not bankrolling looney Republican campaigns, Paul Graziano is out bashing his fellow dems with lies and mistruths leading us to wonder why would this guy even run as a Democrat to begin with?

Hell hath no fury like a ponytailed politician.

Democrat Paul Graziano campaigned to represent democratic constituents and be their nominee for the City Council with the hope of joining the democratic conference, but he betrayed those folks with a recent endorsement of a conservative republican based on his own personal vendetta, not what’s best for the community.

After matching funds were dispersed for the primary, all four candidates had a fair shot. Democrat Paul Graziano with his silly haircut and a record of no community service nor business experience, and whose sole claim to fame was being Tony Avella’s lap dog and pandering to the biggest weirdos in the civic world, lost the primary fair and square by coming in third place to victor Paul Vallone, Austin Shafran, and a near loss to John Duane.

The results of this primary show us that a majority of democratic voters knew they couldn’t trust Graziano to represent the community and that his latest endorsement of conservative republican Dennis Saffran, by his own admission, was clearly made out of personal bitterness with a PAC (that despite being unconnected to Paul Vallone) sent out mailers questioning Graziano’s checkered past which infuriated him is living proof that those voters were correct. But the truth, however, didn’t matter to Graziano, he blamed Vallone for the mailers even though he had nothing to do with the matter.

So what does Graziano do after his pitiful loss? Forget any semblance of democratic unity or any chance of attacking the actual PAC that sent out the mailers, instead he openly blamed Paul Vallone out of sour grapes. And spitefully, with his pony tail flapping in the air, he turned his back on all democrats by endorsing the conservative republican nominee, Dennis Saffran, a Tea Party fanatic that does not represent the interests of this community. Thankfully for the constituents of CD 19 this endorsement is as meaningless as a Tony Avella press conference.

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Hypocrisy? Graziano complained about lobbyists in the community saying they would sell-out the community for their own self-interests when here, Graziano clearly made this endorsement out of his very own self-interest: To satisfy his blood lust with a petty act of revenge, not what’s best for the people. So far, while the major papers ran the story as if his endorsement really mattered, they failed to ask if it was personally motivated.

On another note, while Graziano decried the flyers in one breath, in another he promotes free speech and supports vigorous debate. Looks like he’s trying to burn the candle at both ends. New York Times best-selling political novelist, Brad Thor once said, “I live in America. I have the right to write whatever I want. And it’s equaled by another right just as powerful: the right not to read it. Freedom of speech includes the freedom to offend people,” but tell that to this hypocrite.

The message is clear to those who look beyond the headlines. Graziano’s latest campaign gimmick places his own personal bitterness over the best choice for the constituents he wished to serve with nothing more than a disgraceful and petty act of revenge. His political partnership with Tea Party fanatic Dennis Saffran is meant to mislead people and betrays democrats and republicans alike. Just imagine what these two would do to the community if we let them get elected. Shame on you Paul.

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A reader sent us this comment,

As Paul led all his opponents in pre-Primary polls, they each targeted him for attack, slinging mud at him for the support he received from an organization he legally could not control.

Paul indeed was the only candidate who DID NOT sling mud at his opponents, running by-far the cleanest and most positive campaign of all. -Anonymous

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Aug 14 2013

And Then There Were Two

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See you all when I run again.

Tony Avella drops bid for Borough Prez leaving Peter Vallone Jr. and Melinda Katz locked in a heated primary.

Late this afternoon Avella made the official announcement. ”After much thought and consideration, I have decided to withdraw from the Queens borough president race,” Avella said. “This was certainly not an easy decision and I am eternally grateful for the overwhelming amount of support I received from people throughout Queens.”

Avella cited his continued work against hydrofracking and preserving women’s rights as issues he intended to pursue in his current seat as State Senator.

Avella’s entry into the race was widely speculated to detract from Peter Vallone Jr.’s base of support which led to some heated rhetoric and barbs traded between the two outspoken candidates.

Certainly Avella’s exit from the race makes Peter Vallone winner of the week, and urban lobbyist Paul Graziano - who’s candidacy depended on Avella’s stumping for him as loser of the week. Also on the losing side, Steve Behar who was rumored to run for Avella’s Senate seat should he have won the primary.

Reached for comment, Vallone looked forward to mending fences and working with Tony Avella for a brighter future in all of Queens. ”Despite our disagreements, Tony is a hard worker and we see eye to eye on a lot of issues. I look forward to working with him and his constituents.”

The winner of the Primary will go head to head with GOP candidate Tony Arcabascio.

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Aug 01 2013

Is a QueensCrap Blogger on Avella or Graziano’s Payroll?

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What is the extent of the corroboration between Avella, Graziano, and Queenscrap?

Might explain some of the hostility.

Some rumors are a bit too scary, like how the largest blog in Queens comes out in full swinging support of corrupt Senator Tony Avella and wannabe anti-development goo goo lobbyist Paul Graziano.

According to sources, one of the authors on ‘Crapper is on the payroll of either Avella or Graziano- both of whom have been trading donations and favors quid pro quo for quite some time.

While the true identity of ‘Crapper is up for some heavyweight discussion, we’re not surprised to see that ‘Crapper too has fallen victim to Tony’s approach to politics and taken to berating both Avella and Graziano’s opponents with malice – often overlooking any facts that raise doubts to Tony’s efficacy as a leader which lends further credence to the rumor.

We feel it’s outright disingenuous for a blog of this caliber to promulgate such bullshit about how great Tony Avella and Paul Graziano are without so much as mentioning how many times Tony has been caught up in the universe of corruption: from allowing convicted Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin’s to throw him lavish fundraisers, “Avella has served Assemblymember McLaughlin faithfully since he took office in 1992, according to City Limits,” to the favor trading with convicted felon Richard Lipsky, right down to supporting anti-Asian racist Sonny Carson not to mention his personal vendetta against young activists.

Avella has even issued press blackouts trying to harangue Queens-Politics for kicking up his own dirt and exposing his corruption. He’s probably angry because he couldn’t get any of his legislation passed up in Albany and that his colleagues refuse to work with him. They are hoping he wins downstate just so he’ll never have to return to Albany for another lame duck session (but he didn’t rule out running again as Senator).

Meanwhile we’re wondering how much of his official duties have been conducted as a cheap political campaign stunt. 

In an ideal world, calling attention to these facts should be the duty of the mainstream press and editorials – but you don’t really see that happening here in Queens. Luckily, a few brave souls are willing to pledge their lives and sacred honor so that the voters can finally be informed.

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Jul 30 2013

Peter Vallone Jr. Is The Best Choice For Borough Prez

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Peter Vallone Jr. is by far the best choice. As Councilman, many of his bills which have become law have had a positive effect on the lives of all Queens residents – all 2.25 million of us.

With the Primary election just a few weeks away, we’re asking all of our readers to cast their ballot for Peter Vallone for Queens Borough President. 

While many critics can argue against the need of a Borough President, it is the position of this blog that the office of Borough President will lead Queens into the future, if elected into the right hands. 

While every candidate has his or her detractors, Vallone has generally impressed during the 11 years he represented the 22nd District on the City Council. He’s been a constant advocate against cuts to law enforcement and first responders thus making sure that all of us are safe at home. And he’s been a vocal proponent making sure Queens receives it’s fair share of resources from Albany and Washington.

Most recently he’s secured funding to help rebuild the shattered Rockaways. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

We could post for days trying to cover his legislative accomplishments, but everyone in the political world knows anyone can be “electable” –if they are able to target and pull those out who will support that specific candidate. It’s a double-edged sword. Indeed, a less qualified candidate has a shot at winning using the formula: target, target, target & pull.

In closed primary elections, it’s the attentive elite which decide the outcome. A majority of the electorate will not return to the polls until 2016 (to vote for Hillary Clinton, or Governor Chris Christie for example) so in the meantime (in ballpark average) 10% of an ED will turn out, making your vote absolutely critical – much more so than any Presidential election (just ask some of the Council candidates that lost by one or two votes this year). We believe the importance here is for you, the voter, to make an informed and independent decision and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

Surely, we’re preaching to the choir but that’s the value of our endorsement: encouraging independent decisions. Our goal, when we’re not too much on our high horse, is to inform and influence your thinking, and encourage a course of action we believe is for the betterment of Queens. 

Long term, the city faces deep and serious financial problems which won’t bode well for us.
 To counter this our next Borough President must find avenues for growth. And from the perspective of city government, this involves reaching out and generating confidence in what Borough Hall does. Peter Vallone has this ability. The other candidates are short on skills, solutions or both. Tony Avella and Melinda Katz lack a clear vision for how they’d transform their ambitions for Queens into reality.

Now we choose the candidates we support with great care. After all, if we’re giving them our endorsement, we want to be very sure that we support candidates who have the strongest potential to be champions for Queens. With that being said, our choice is clear, it’s Peter Vallone; he’s sharp as a tack and loud as an air horn. He’s got the experience, skills, and ideas that best match the challenges ahead.

We’re asking all Democrats on September 10th to bring a friend, a neighbor, or family member and cast a ballot for our future, for our next Borough President, Peter Vallone.

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Jun 12 2013

Avella Endorses Republican Sympathizer

Tony+Avella+State+Lawmakers+Environmental+anvIGLX1w6hlHe really did.

With little fanfare, State Sen. Tony Avella endorsed Paul Graziano for City Council, a candidate who cuts checks for Republicans.

As first heard on Queens-Politics, long-shot carpet bagger Paul Graziano opened up his wallet for Sunny Hahn who is running against Peter Koo, a beloved figure in North Queens.

What other Republican sympathies does Tony Avella harbor? Sort of odd after he spent all that time bashing Frank Padavan. Now his overgrown henchman is cutting checks to elect crazy pro-lifers into City Hall.

SHAME ON YOU SENATOR.

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