This story has been floating around for a while, but it’s jumped from likely to extremely likely: it looks like former NYC Councilman Tony Avella is going to take on GOP State Senator Frank Padavan in Queens. From the Queens Times-Ledger:
Avella said he will probably jump into the race by the end of the month and plans to focus on the same issues he championed on the Council, such as fighting overdevelopment and ethics reform, along the campaign trail.
Avella’s earned his reputation as a reformer and someone unafraid to tackle tough challenges. He attempted an uphill primary against Bill Thompson for the Democratic nomination for mayor last year. He opposed the extension of term limits for city officials that Mayor Bloomberg forced through, and didn’t take try to take advantage of the extension once the deed was done. So Avella looks like he’s got the right resume to bring some change to Albany, and he definitely knows the score:
“The one thing I found surprising on the Council is how little power the city has and how much of the legislation I introduced was dependent on Albany,” he said. “I think I have the reputation for being a reformer. If there’s any place crying out for reform, it’s Albany. I want to make government more responsible and ethical.”
Keep your eyes on this one, and get psyched for it. Frank Padavan is one of the 30 Republicans who voted no while polling indicated the majority of New Yorkers were ready to say yes to marriage equality as long ago as last summer. Padavan is also one of the 30 Republicans without whose help the coup could not have happened and our state would not have been held hostage by two opportunistic senators, both one of whom is still in the senate. So essentially Frank Padavan is:
- For turning Albany into even more of a mess than normal
- Against equal rights
- (A Republican)
Get psyched for this campaign – it’ll be one of (hopefully) several opportunities for NYCers to take our government back in 2010.