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Tony Avella quits race for Queens borough president

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:24 am, Thu Aug 22, 2013.

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has dropped his bid for the Democratic nomination for Queens borough president.

The move leaves only Melinda Katz, who has the Democratic Party’s endorsement, and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), who has the larger war chest, with more than $1 million on hand.

“This was certainly not an easy decision and I am eternally grateful for the overwhelming amount of support I received from people throughout Queens,” Avella said in a statement issued by his campaign shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

“Queens is my home borough, and I will never  stop fighting and advocating for all residents of Queens,” Avella added. “Yet at this time, I believe I can best serve the people of Queens by remaining a state senator.”

He cited a great deal of unfinished business in Albany, ranging from women’s rights to hydrofracking.

The winner of the Katz-Vallone primary on Sept. 10 will face Republican Tony Arcabascio in November.  

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