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Tony Avella
Tony Avella.jpg
New York Senate District 11
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$171/full day; $61/half day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHunter College
Date of birthOctober 27, 1951
Place of birthAstoria, NY
ProfessionPublic Servant
Office website
Tony Avella (b. October 27, 1951) is a Democratic member of the New York State Senate, representing District 11. He was first elected to the Senate in 2011.


Avella earned a BA from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1974. In his professional life, Avella began his career in politics as an aide to various local and state officials. He was elected to the New York City Council to represent the 19th District in 2001, where he chaired the Zoning and Franchises Committee and founded and chaired the Italian-American Caucus.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Avella served on the following committees:

New York Committee Assignments, 2013
Environmental Conservation
Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Avella served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Avella's website highlighted the following five main issues:

  • Fighting Overdevelopment: "Tony Avella believes that our local neighborhoods and communities are as unique as the people who live in them. In the State Senate, Avella will continue his legacy as an overdevelopment watchdog in order to protect the integrity of our communities."

"Tony Avella for State Senate"[2]
  • Protecting Taxpayers: "As a middle-class homeowner, Tony Avella understands the crippling impact that out-of-control taxes have on New Yorkers. For too long we have paid billions in taxes to Albany, but have failed to receive our fair share in return. Avella believes that the taxpayers of eastern Queens deserve better results, and he’ll deliver those results as our next State Senator."
  • Ethics & Accountability: "Tony Avella believes that public office is a public trust and he knows that the politicians in Albany have broken that trust. A lifelong reformer, Avella is running for State Senate because he wants to change Albany so that it works for the people and not the political special interests."
  • Creating Jobs & Strengthening Our Economy: "Tony Avella understands that small businesses are the backbone of New York’s economy, but Avella knows that business as usual in Albany isn’t cutting it for our working families here at home. That’s why Avella wants to go to Albany to make sure that small businesses can thrive in a prosperous economy once again."
  • Improving Our Schools: "Education has always been a top priority for Tony Avella. While our education system remains strong, it has been forced to struggle to stay afloat without its fair share of equal funding from Albany. Avella is running for State Senate to even the playing field and provide our public schools and our children with the resources they deserve."



See also: New York State Senate elections, 2012

Avella ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 11. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He also ran on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Avella defeated Joseph R. Concannon (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. [3][4]

New York State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTony Avella Incumbent 73.3% 64,775
     Republican Joseph R. Concannon 26.7% 23,550
Total Votes 88,325


See also: New York State Senate elections, 2010

Avella ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. Avella defeated incumbent Frank Padavan (R) in the general election on November 2. Avella ran as a member of the Democratic and Working Families parties. After a close race, Padvan conceded in defeat on November 10, 2010[5].

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 11 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tony Avella (D) 31,573
Frank Padavan (R) 26,571

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Avella raised a total of $461,441 in campaign contributions.[6]

His nine largest campaign contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Democratic Senate Campaign Cmte of New York $200,245
Democratic Legislative Campaign Cmte $9,500
New York State United Teachers $9,500
Friends of Carl Kruger $9,500
New Yorkers for Klein $9,500
Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Local 6 $9,500
Communications Workers District 1 $9,500
1199 SEIU Healthcare Workers East $9,500
Friends of Michael Gianaris $9,500



In 2012, Avella’s endorsements included the following:


Avella has a wife, Judith.

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