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.