State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) collected two noteworthy endorsements last week, announcing the backing of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York), the United Federation of Teachers, New York State United Teachers and the Professional Staff Congress.
“Tony is a proven reformer who is always focused on how best to deliver real results for his constituents,” Schumer said. “Tony was a leading voice in the successful effort to pass real ethics reform in Albany, and has been a true friend to working New Yorkers through his vocal advocacy for raising the minimum wage.”
Avella, who is running for reelection in the 11th state Senate district in November against GOP-backed Joe Concannon, said he was glad to have the support of one of the state’s best advocates in Washington.
“Chuck goes to work every day to protect New Yorkers, expand economic opportunities and create good jobs for our men and women,” Avella said.
In securing endorsements from the various teachers groups, Avella said his campaign was sending a strong statement that the state’s educators stand alongside him.
“Families in Queens should know that Tony Avella is the leader we need in Albany,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. “He understands the concerns of the education community and has worked closely with us over the past two years to responsibly deliver for our kids.”
The senator said he was an active advocate for education in the state and would continue to fight for local schools in securing resources necessary to provide the best education possible.
“The Professional Staff Congress worked hard for Tony Avella’s election to the New York State Senate and we are proud to once again stand with Tony and endorse his candidacy,” said Professional Staff Congress Vice President Steve London. “Tony is principled and delivers on his promises. He has always been a strong advocate for CUNY and for public higher education in general.”
Avella, a former member of the city Council, has represented north and eastern Queens in the Senate since his election in 2010.
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