Avella gets her vote


| letters@queenscourier.com

I’ve been a Queens resident for 35 years and ever since Tony Avella became my state senator, I have seen dramatic improvements in our parks and school systems. Tony has been able to allocate $1.5 million to schools for critically needed renovations and $705,000 to after-school programs. This allows every school in the district to […]

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Candidates eyeing Avella’s seat


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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State Senator Tony Avella recently announced his intent to seek re-election, but contenders vying for his 11th District seat plan on giving him a run for his money. Republican challenger Joseph Concannon has entered the race, while Elio Forcina — who ran for State Assembly in 2010 — said he’s “strongly considering” it. Concannon, a […]

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Avella ousts 38 year incumbent Padavan


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

After 38 years, the 11th Senate District will have new State Senator. Popular Republican incumbent Frank Padavan lost to former two-time Democratic Councilmember Tony Avella in a down-to-the-wire race that many may consider to be a mild upset. Avella never lost the lead while the results were being processed and said that people were ready […]

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Padavan cautiously optimistic in Senate race with Avella


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

State Senator Frank Padavan continued his Election Day tradition of bringing cookies to poll workers in his districts at P.S. 178 in Jamaica; the same school his son and daughter attended. Padavan seemed cautiously confident when asked what the major differences were between himself and his Democratic opponent, two-time councilmember Tony Avella. “Credibility, integrity, honesty…common […]

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Padavan/Avella race gets dirty


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

Thirty-eight years after taking office, Republican State Senator Frank Padavan will once again fight to save his seat against two-term City Councilmember Tony Avella in a race that could determine which party will control the majority in the Senate. Currently, Democrats are clinging onto a slim 32-30 majority. “We can’t change Albany if we don’t […]

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