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Concannon Responds to Robocall Criticism

Republican releases statement criticizing Avella after senator blasted call that went out to voters last week.

State Senate candidate Joe Concannon’s campaign responded Thursday to Tony Avella’s criticism of a robocall that the senator and his supporters accused of having racial undertones.

Avella and some of his supporters said they were upset by a recent robocall that referenced the senator’s attendance at the city’s Muslim Day Parade, but also mentioned that he previously worked for Mayor David Dinkins and accused him of supporting Councilman Charles Barron, D-Brooklyn, a former Black Panther, and activist Sonny Carson.

Avella said the call failed to mention that he stormed out of the parade after a speaker made anti-American statements.

Concannon’s campaign sent out a statement Thursday on the matter.

“Tony Avella is a career politician who does not want to answer for his mistakes and his propensity to pander,” the statement read. “It is a matter of public record that Avella supported honoring Sonny Carson, a race baiting anti-Semite, when few of his colleagues did and supported spending taxpayer money to do it. Avella also voted consistently with Charles Barron, a former Black Panther and racial huckster so out of the mainstream the DNC and President [Barack] Obama endorsed his primary opponent, Hakeem Jeffries, at least in part to keep him from becoming a national embarrassment.”

The statement goes on to accuse of Avella of not speaking out enough against statements during the Muslim Day Parade.

“Avella can be downright bombastic about anything from bus stops to sidewalk cracks, but he refused to speak out against these offensive comments,” Concannon’s statement read. “Well, all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to remain silent.”

Avella could not be reached immediately for comment on Concannon's statement.

Bayside resident Andy Rothman told Patch earlier this week that he was offended by the robocall because he felt it referenced Dinkins, Barron and Carson because all of them were black.

David October 11, 2012 at 09:37 PM
This jerk hasn't a clue what Tony Avella has done both as a city councilman and a senator. Avella's constituents are proud of his accomplishments and THANKFUL. Your ability to do your job is not dependent on your level of outrage about anti-american statements. What do you want Avella to do? Shoot somebody? If that's all you can come up with, GO TO THE DEVIL CONCANNON!!
max October 12, 2012 at 01:10 PM
You can get your point across without being disrespectful.
Phil Konigsberg October 13, 2012 at 07:48 AM
As this political race heats up, you can see and hear what each of these contestants have to say live and in person at the annual Bay Terrace Community Alliance's (BTCA) Meet The Candidates Night forum on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 (two weeks before Election Day), at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center located at 13-00 209 Street (at the Cross Island Parkway Service Road) Bay Terrace, NY starting at 7 PM. This community event is free, open to the public and accessible.

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