Tag Archive: Tony Avella

Sep 10 2014

Liu Wants All Votes Counted

Another two years of Avella? Maybe not.

This evening we were over at John Liu’s election night party to hear first hand from the candidate the results of one of the most contentious primary challenges in the entire state.

As of right now, Liu is trailing Avella 5,689 to 6,133 (51.53% vs. 46.97%). However, as of publication, not all the ED’s have been counted nor the absentee ballots, so there’s still a chance Liu may walk away as the victor, albeit a small one.

“Every vote counts, so every vote must be counted.  The voters of our district deserve a full, fair and honest counting of every vote cast to ensure their voices are heard. We are optimistic that once all votes have been counted, we will be victorious,” Liu said in a statement.

The atmosphere of the election party wasn’t overtly optimistic. Despite the best efforts of the campaign, the look on many people’s faces was of uncertainty. Nevertheless, John Liu vowed to press on until all votes are counted.

“Avella really pulled out his base,” said one political insider, “but it ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”

 

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Technically he can still pull of a win, we’ll just have to wait a week or so until all the votes are in.

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Sep 08 2014

25 Reasons Not To Vote For Tony Avella

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Were you thinking of voting for Tony Avella? Think again

Here’s some insight into the biggest mistake you could make this year.

Tony Avella has long touted his maverick demeanor, his “independent streak,” but what has he really done for the community?

There’s some debate on this matter (mainly between die-hard Tony supporters and facts), though no one can argue the bottom line: Tony Avella’s attitude is not conducive to political efficacy.

Just see for yourself. Below, Queens-Politics has added every link to our extensive coverage of Tony Avella in the past two years. From dabbling in contaminated field projects to shunning local civic leaders — there’s plenty of reasons to look to John Liu as the future of Senate District 11.

Just pick one.

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Sep 05 2014

Many critics should be sending apologies to John Liu, the New York Times did

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Last week, the highly coveted New York Times endorsement was given to John Liu for state Senate in District 11. Tony Avella must have crapped his pants.

This endorsement resonates with people, after all, it’s the liberal paper of record, and they didn’t choose Avella. So what does this really mean?

During the campaign, you might have heard Avella bashing Liu regarding the wrongdoing of people on his campaign. Avella was trying to falsely connect Liu to those charges, but the rhetoric fell flat this week with the endorsement.

The NY Times said despite the fact that two of his campaign associates were convicted, there’s isn’t any evidence that John Liu knew about the campaign activity, so in other words, it never went to the top, and Avella is a liar.

“Those charges did not touch him,” wrote the Times. “But it was troubling nonetheless. Still, he is a supporter of campaign financing reforms and has good ideas about how to save and spend the state’s money.”

The Times cited Liu’s commitment to campaign finance reform and noted that he has “good ideas about how to save and spend the state’s money.” That’s one of the biggest compliments we’ve ever heard and it’s about damn time someone woke up. Liu was treated as if he was the culprit, but he wasn’t, and the NYT agrees.

The New York Times is right. Critics need to apologize to John Liu. He could have been our Mayor, but Liu was denied matching funds, and it destroyed his campaign.

Currently Tony Avella is still trying to pin this on him – filling people’s heads with nonsense in an attempt to cover up his serial campaigning.

But coming from a titan of good government like the Times, the paper of record, that’s quite a serious statement.

Remember this endorsement the next time you hear more dubious accusations from Tony Avella.

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Sep 05 2014

Why has Tony Avella Failed to Deliver?

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We need someone to spur economic growth and he’s out there raising money for his own political causes.

Borough President, Mayor, City Council, take your pic and Tony Avella has run for it.

When Avella was supposed to be working for us, nothing was being done because he was busy running for another political office.

Instead of having someone to fight the corruption, the waste and mismanagement, we can’t find him because he’s busy campaigning outside the district.

When Tony Avella was our councilman, he being honored in Rego Park, Astoria, Jamaica, all because he was running to do “public service” other than what he was elected to do in our community in the first place.

Now most people would be honored to serve the community in state senate, but he keeps looking elsewhere.

Things would be better without Tony Avella — our economy would grow, jobs would come back, but it appears that with Tony Avella in charge politics is all about self-interest and self-interest only.

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Sep 05 2014

Avella Caught in Pay to Play Scandal

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Talk about pay to play politics.

You have to see the light.

Tony Avella pledges 400K to a Co-op that hand delivered a tacit endorsement letter for his campaign to their shareholders.

Glen Oaks Village is a lovely, quaint little co-op in Queens with a tight-knit community governed and administrated by a Board of Directors and an Executive Board. As a co-op, they aren’t supposed to endorse candidates, but that didn’t stop Glen Oaks Village officials from hand delivering what can only be described as an “endorsement of Tony Avella” letter to ALL residents including all shareholders and tenants.

According to the letter, “The Board believes candidates that strongly support co-op housing and take positions that help Board members work effectively and keep costs down should be supported by voters.” The letter goes on to describe how Tony Avella has advocated for the co-op community and it goes on like this.

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You should question the motive behind this letter.

What kind of propaganda mill is Glen Oaks running out there? Are they blazingly ignoring the fact that John Liu did more for co-ops that Tony ever could have with one of his rallies? Or are they being misled by a political insider? As Comptroller, Liu audited property-tax rolls to determine why the values of some co-ops and condos shot up by as much as 147 percent, putting homeowners at risk of huge tax hikes. He never gave up, Liu found the root cause of the problem and advocated for reform. His office actually found flaws in the city’s valuing of properties. “According to the audits, the Finance Department suddenly and drastically upped condo and co-op property values without warning, leading to an uproar over alleged opaque practices. Liu’s audits also accused the DOF of ignoring errors made by a new and allegedly faulty multimillion-dollar computer system. “

That’s more accomplished for co-op owners than Tony Avella ever did. 

But something doesn’t smell right. And that’s because it’s good ol’ fashioned propaganda. The letter goes something to the tune of this: We, the Glen Oaks Village Inc., support candidates that fight for co-ops, Tony Avella fights for co-ops, you should support candidates that support co-ops too.

Well, we got news for you folks, this letter should be written in support of John Liu judging by who’s had a real, tangible impact on resolving tax issues in the co-op community.

Still, it’s very clever and it only cost taxpayers $400,000.

Tony Avella has always belly ached about good government and transparency, but what we have here is pay to play politics, and the scapegoats are the residents of GOV — they are being misled with complete falsehoods. If you listen to this letter, you’ll miss out on voting for the man that actually helped them. Tony’s the real hypocrite, a very smooth charlatan. So what do you say Mr. Avella? Did you buy this letter? We’ll leave the lights on for you.

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Sep 03 2014

What do we really know about Tony Avella?

Remember when Tony Avella had no problem denouncing IE’s last year? Well guess what? He’s a hypocrite.

If you recall back to the Council elections, Tony Avella went on multiple tirades about independent expenditures in a race he had nothing to do with. In fact, he went on multiple tirades against Paul Vallone for independent mailers he did not approve of. So what’s the big deal?

Now the shoe is on the other foot — and all of a sudden — Tony Avella doesn’t seem to mind about independent expenditures, this time he’s been silent. See for yourself with this IE by the New York League of Conservation Voters which graced the door handles of hundreds of Democrats around the district:

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Avella likes IE’s when they support him.

Notice this lovely door hanger with Tony Avella standing next to the duck. What you don’t see is the deception Tony Avella is trying to pull over our eyes.This is the same type of independent expenditure Avella openly and publicly denounced.

So this year is different? Why is it always do as I say, not as I do with Tony Avella? Is it because he’s a dishonest bigot?

No offense to the NYLCV, but don’t they read the news? This is the same type of hypocrisy we’ve witnessed over and over with Tony Avella. His duplicity makes a mockery out of any self-respecting voter. We’ve had enough. Have you?

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Sep 03 2014

Queens-Politics Endorses John Liu for State Senate

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Queens needs John Liu

It’s time to win back Senate District 11. Vote John Liu on Primary Day.

In one of the most contentious primaries in the city, Senate District 11 has seen more than its fair share of coverage, insight, and gossip across every possible medium. We’re almost all famous. Anyway, those of us familiar with the voting public in District 11 know that John Liu is simply loved. Yes, loved. And for good reason. He’s intelligent, charming, and approachable and he would make a perfect fit in Albany.

However, the same cannot be said for his opponent who is known to mean vindictive, and outright nasty — even on the job.

There’s merit to the argument that says you need to be able to politic in politics to get anything done, but Tony Avella is just not that kind of guy. Rather, he’s the guy who takes it too far and would be better off as an environmental activist.

While both Liu and Avella have impressive records — and trust us when we say Tony Avella has a ton of baggage that’s hardly ever mentioned out there — but that’s not the point now, the point is to question who will really serve the district better in Albany, is it the guy who hates everyone or the guy that everyone loves?

It’s not rocket science folks. John Liu wins in this category, not to mention he’s the best Comptroller this city has ever seen, after all he did save the city’s pension funds.

For these reasons, Queens-Politics would like to urge all our readers to pick up the phone and call or text your friends and family in District 11 and tell them to vote for John Liu for state Senate.

The Democratic Primary will be held Tuesday, September 9th. Check your poll site here. District 11 includes the neighborhoods of Auburndale, College PointWhitestoneBaysideLittle NeckDouglastonFloral Park, Beechhurst, Malba, parts of Jamaica, Oakland Gardens, Glen Oaks, and Flushing.

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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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