Tony Avella
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Tony Avella

Democrat

American politician

Whitestone, New York
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Tony Avella

American politician
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Anthony Avella Jr. (born October 27, 1951) is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented the New York State Senate's 11th district in northeast Queens from 2011 to 2019. The district included the mostly affluent neighborhoods of College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Little Neck, Douglaston, Floral Park, Beechhurst, Malba and Auburndale. Avella also served as a member of the New York City Council from 2002 to 2009, representing some of the same Queens neighborhoods in District 19. Avella is a former member of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of Democratic state senators who allied themselves with Senate Republicans. He was also a losing candidate in the 2009 New York City mayoral election, the 2013 Queens Borough President election, and the 2017 New York City mayoral election. On September 13, 2018, Avella was defeated in the State Senate Democratic primary by former New York City Comptroller John Liu. Avella continued his campaign on third-party lines and was again defeated by Liu in the general election.

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Experience

Education

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City University of New York
BA
1974

Past Positions

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Senator
New York State Senate
2010 - 2019
Member
New York City Council
2001 - 2009
District Leader
Democratic Party
Former Assistant Conference Leader for Policy and Administration of Independent Democratic Conference
New York State Senate
Former Aide
New York City Mayor David Dinkins
Former Aide
New York City Mayor Ed Koch
Former Aide
New York City Council Member Peter Vallone, Senior
Former Chief of Staff
State Senator Toby Stavisky
Former Chief of Staff
State Senator Leonard Stavisky

Other Experience

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Member
Queens Community Board #7
President
Preservation Alliance of Northeast Queens
President
North Shore Anti-Graffitti Volunteers
President
College Point Sports Association
President
Bay Terrace Civilian Patrol
Former Chair
Children and Families Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
New York City Education Subcommittee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Temporary Committee on Libraries, New York State Senate
Former Member
Judiciary Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Housing, Construction, and Community Development Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Finance Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Elections Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Education Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Cities Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Land Use Committee, New York City Council
Former Member
Veterans Committee, New York City Council
Former Member
Transportation Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Insurance Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Banks Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Housing and Buildings Committee, New York City Council
Former Member
Higher Education Committee, New York City Council
Former Member
Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee, New York City Council
Former Member
Agriculture Committee, New York State Senate
Former Member
Zoning and Franchises Committee, New York City Council
Former Vice Chair
Environmental Conservation Committee, New York State Senate
Founder
Italian-American Caucus, New York City Council