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Avella Says Future Bid for Boro President is a 'Rumor'

State senator insists he is focused on reelection to Albany seat.

State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, said he is focusing on his reelection bid to the legislature and not a “rumored” run for Queens borough president.

In a Tuesday article, City & State wrote that Avella might jump into the race, but the senator insisted during a phone call that he was putting all his energy into this year’s Senate race.

“Right now, I’m focused on running for reelection in the Senate,” he said. “Everybody likes to speculate what will happen next. People continue to tell me to run for higher office. It’s nice to be considered, but now I’m concentrating on my Senate race.”

He said the idea that he could jump into the borough president race is a “rumor.”

Candidates in the Queens borough president race include City Council members Peter Vallone Jr., D-Astoria, and Leroy Comrie, D-St. Albans, as well as former Councilwoman Melinda Katz, state Sen. Jose Peralta, D-Jackson Heights, and Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik.

Avella previously held the City Council seat for northeast Queens from 2001 to 2009. He ran in the 2009 mayoral race and, one year later, unseated long-time Sen. Frank Padavan.

This year, he will face off against Republican Joe Concannon, a retired city Police Department captain and former adviser to Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Arthur J caputo October 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Avella is the best politician out there. Forget about Borough president, run for MAYOR of NY.
t j October 02, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I agree 100% with you. Tony knows how to get the job done. He works with and for the people. I have no doubt, he would be a very good mayor. Tony respects people and their rights, unlike many others that say they have your best interest at heart. Too many of them, their best interest is what is in it for them.
Elaine October 03, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I agree with everyone! Tony is the best elected out there, he gets things done and is not a hack like the others. With the redistricting, our community will now be in the state senate district where Tony is running. I'll be happy to vote for him and have him represent us!

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