2013-08-16 / Top Stories

Tony Avella Drops Bid For Queens Borough Prez

State Senator Tony Avella, the only candidate for Queens Borough President who did not vote to extend term limits dropped out of the race on Wednesday.

“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to withdraw from the Queens Borough President race. This was certainly not an easy decision and I am eternally grateful for the overwhelming amount of support I received from people throughout Queens. Queens is my home borough and I will never stop fighting and advocating for all residents of Queens. Yet, at this time, I believe I can best serve the people of Queens by remaining a State Senator,” Avella said in an email.

“When I first ran for the State Senate, I ran on a platform of reforming Albany. It has become clear that there is still a lot of work left to be done. From protecting against the threat of hydrofracking to preserving women’s rights, there is a lot of unfinished business in Albany and I hope to take more of a leadership role in helping address these important issues, which reverberate beyond Queens and affect people across the entire state. That is why I believe I can be more effective for the people at this time in my role as a State Senator.

Melinda Katz and Peter Vallone are the last two candidates standing in the race. Katz responded to the news in an email of her own: “For more than a decade, Tony Avella has worked around the clock to speak up for hardworking families in Queens, and fought to make their lives better. His presence in this race brought the focus to real issues facing voters around our borough—including education, affordable housing, and better healthcare for all Queens residents. I’m grateful to have engaged in that dialogue with Tony, and look forward to working with him in the future as he remains a forceful voice for more open, honest, and transparent government in Albany. For my part, I will spend the next 27 days continuing to spread the word about the clear choice facing voters in this race—between my progressive plan for better healthcare and high-paying jobs in Queens, and Peter Vallone's extreme Conservative Party-backed views on core issues like women's healthcare and marriage equality.”

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