State Senate candidate Tony Avella kicked off his campaign during a rally at his Bayside headquarters Monday.
Also this week, a poll found the former councilman 24 points behind state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose).
Avella was joined by state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) during the Bayside rally.
“For too long, Frank Padavan has blocked many of the bills and reforms our communities and our state need,” Avella told his supporters. “For nearly 40 years, Padavan has said one thing in this district and then gone up to Albany and said another, voting against legislation that would have benefited us all. But no more. On Nov. 2, we have our best opportunity yet to instill real change in Albany.”
Avella landed the endorsement Thursday of Voters for Clean Elections.
“As a city councilman, Tony Avella fought against the special interest stranglehold on government and introduced legislation such as ‘Clean Money, Clean Elections,’ that would allow candidates for office to qualify for full public financing of their campaigns,” said Matthew Edge, the group’s director.
Avella also gained the backing of Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), who is running unopposed to replace retiring state Sen. George Onorato (D-Astoria), Wednesday.