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Avella calls out Liu on fines

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:15 pm, Thu Aug 14, 2014.

And the campaign for the 11th District state Senate seat heats up.

Incumbent Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) asked the city’s corporation counsel Wednesday to enforce the payment of more than $500,000 in fines he says is owed by his opponent, John Liu. He wants the city to place a lien on Liu’s city and state campaign accounts.

Avella said that when Liu ran for city comptroller in 2009, more than 7,000 campaign posters were illegally erected.

The senator, who is being opposed by Liu in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary, says the city has the right to enforce the judgment, but should its attorney say otherwise, he will introduce legislation to make it easier to recoup such money.

Liu is fighting the fines in court. In an interview on Tuesday, he said he would pay if the city rules against him. “I never got the summonses until I read about them,” he said. “The case was dismissed and one year later reissued when the campaign irregularities stories about my campaign surfaced in the Times.”

A campaign staff member and volunteer were convicted of irregularities.

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