Liu starts state Senate campaign trail in Bayside


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

Photo by Paulina Tam
Photo by Paulina Tam

Former City Comptroller John Liu is challenging state Senator Tony Avella in the primary this September.

PAULINA TAM

The people of northeast Queens deserve “effective, result-oriented representation,” said former City Comptroller John Liu, as he kicked off his campaign for the state Senate on Friday.

The Democrat called the community as the “bedrock” of New York City and promised to be a collaborator with his fellow senators as well as a leader who will not shy away from proposing legislation and “cutting edge programs.”

“In the state senate, I will fight tirelessly for a real minimum wage, the rights of working people, for true women’s equality and for public schools, transportation, and healthcare,” said Liu in a kick-off rally at the Bayside LIRR Station.

“The people here rightfully demand and deserve effective result-oriented representation,” said Liu.

In response to a question on being a minority candidate in a mostly white district and and one of a handful of minority senators, Liu said he’s been a minority his entire life.

“I have built bridges my whole life from when I was a little kid in public school where there were little to no Asians besides my brother and I to entering the private sector in the corporate world, again with very few Asians,” he said. “That is something I strive to do, to build bridges so there will be greater understanding—and at the end of the day, that is what being elected to office is about.”

Liu was joined with elected officials like Councilman Paul Vallone and representatives from the Hotel Trade Council and the International Union of Operative Engineers Locals 891.

 

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