Grace Meng and John Liu Slam Tony Avella for Joining IDC

State Senator Tony Avella. (Photo: Getty)
State Senator Tony Avella. (Photo: Getty)

State Senator Tony Avella’s decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference is irking ex-Comptroller John Liu and Congresswoman Grace Meng.

Mr. Liu and Ms. Meng–who like Mr. Avella, are Democrats hailing from northeast Queens–criticized Mr. Avella when asked about about his recent move to join the breakaway conference Democrats governing the State Senate with the Republican Party. Continue reading “Grace Meng and John Liu Slam Tony Avella for Joining IDC”

Handful of Protesters Crash Tony Avella Event

State Senator Tony Avella. (Photo: Getty)
State Senator Tony Avella. (Photo: Getty)

State Senator Tony Avella met a handful of protesters outside a local school in Queens today, where the lawmaker took flack for his decision to join a breakaway faction of Democrats in Albany.

Mr. Avella, now the fifth member of the Independent Democratic Conference, arrived in Douglaston to give a citation to an elementary school. But four protesters, unfurling signs like “Tony the Traitor,” stood outside the school in the numbing cold to denounce Mr. Avella’s defection from the Democratic caucus.  Continue reading “Handful of Protesters Crash Tony Avella Event”

Democrats Already Mulling Tony Avella Challenge

Tony Avella. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty)
Tony Avella. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

The battle for the State Senate may be shifting to eastern Queens.

Queens State Senator Tony Avella enraged Senate Democrats today by joining the Independent Democratic Conference, a coalition of breakaway Democrats who govern the Senate with the GOP, and hurting the Democratic conference’s chances of taking over the chamber in November. Continue reading “Democrats Already Mulling Tony Avella Challenge”

Cuomo on Avella’s IDC Move: ‘We’re Headed Into the Political Silly Season’

Tony Avella. (Photo: Facebook)
Tony Avella. (Photo: Facebook)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today dismissed questions about State Senator Tony Avella’s decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway faction of Democratic lawmakers who control the chamber with Senate Republicans, describing the move as part of the coming “political silly season.”

“You know, the politics and turmoil of Albany, right?” remarked the governor, speaking to reporters after announcing a new deal to film a Marvel comic series in the state. “I just heard about it today. I don’t know what it means, if anything.” Continue reading “Cuomo on Avella’s IDC Move: ‘We’re Headed Into the Political Silly Season’”

Tony Avella Cuts Up His Parking Placard Again

It's a new day for Tony Avella's parking privileges. (Photo: Mr. Avella's office.)
It’s a new day for Tony Avella’s parking privileges. (Photo: Mr. Avella’s office.)

State Senator Tony Avella is going to have to park just like the rest of us.

At a press conference this morning, the Queens lawmaker cut up his official parking placard, which would allow him to park in some otherwise illegal areas while on government business. To help visualize the event, his office provided a photo of the destruction, which can be viewed above. Continue reading “Tony Avella Cuts Up His Parking Placard Again”

Tony Avella Isn’t Happy With Paul Vallone’s Primary Win

Tony Avella. (Photo: Facebook)
Tony Avella. (Photo: Facebook)

Democratic State Senator Tony Avella is not ready to back his party’s nominee for the City Council seat he once held.

After a corruption scandal felled GOP Councilman Dan Halloran’s political career, Paul Vallone eked out a victory in his eastern Queens district’s Democratic primary contest last month. But Mr. Avella, who had endorsed another Democrat in the race, has mixed feelings about the matter. Continue reading “Tony Avella Isn’t Happy With Paul Vallone’s Primary Win”