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Former City Comptroller John Liu picked up an endorsement for his Senate run from his successor Wednesday when Scott Stringer came to the Bayside LIRR station on Aug. 8 to campaign alongside him.

Liu, who is opposing Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for a second time, is among a slate of other progressive challengers to former members of the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway group of eight senators who have been criticized for negotiating with the Republican majority in Albany to pass Democratic legislation.

“It’s very important that we elect Democrats who are going to go to Albany and actually caucus with Democrats,” Stringer said. “There’s a lot on the line for New York City, more education funding, issues we need passed in Albany because we are a creature of the state and dreams of New York City residents die hard in the Republican- controlled state Senate.”

Stringer said one initiative he supported from Liu during his tenure as city comptroller from 2010 to 2013 was Checkbook.com, which shows which contracts are being awarded to whom in city government, something Stringer said he has expanded on since he moved into the office after Liu.

Liu highlighted the fact that progressive legislation gets passed simply enough in the Democratic majority State Assembly, but often dies in the senate if brought to the floor at all.

“Every year, the state Assembly passes more legislation that protects the rights of women to choose, to protect immigrants in the state of New York, that even allow speed cameras to protect children in front of schools. For how many years have the Republicans been stopping this kind of legislation from even coming to a vote?” Liu said.

Avella and former IDC member state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) have argued that the Republicans, who have a narrow majority in the Senate, did not need the breakaway group so any coalition between the two would only benefit Democrats.

But Liu sees this as a “convenient” argument that in the past couple years the Republicans did not need the IDC, which was in existence for about eight years and dissolved in April.

“The reality is that for many years [Republicans] needed the IDC. If anybody is under the delusion that [Senate Majority Leader] Flanagan would be leader without these IDC leaders, they’re out of their mind,” Liu said.

Stringer believes the IDC challengers, which include Jackson Heights activist Jessica Ramos, who is running against Peralta, are some of the best candidates the Democrats have ever fielded.

If elected, Liu is hoping to pass single payer health care, help codify Roe vs. Wade in New York state and help revive the speed camera legislation, which expired in July after it failed to pass in the Republican-controlled State Senate.

“It would be important to have a partner in John who can bring the MTA in and hold them accountable from the state perspective,” Stringer said, referring to Liu’s years in the City Council when he chaired the Transportation Committee. “We need to have projects on time and on budget, and we don’t do either of those things. And we do need more accountability and the way you have accountability is through transparen­cy.”

Liu lost to Avella by just 560 votes in 2014. Voters will choose between them again on Sept. 13 in the Democratic primary.

Reach reporter Mark Hallum by e-mail at mhallum@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Posted 12:00 am, August 10, 2018
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Aug. 10, 4:26 am
Bob from Glen Oaks says:
If you compare Avella and Liu, think who is good for the Co-op and Condo. Liu favors private homes. Avella for Co-op and Condo. As president of world’s largest Co-op, Avella is easy to use for favors by donations.
Aug. 10, 8:39 am
Paulette from Astoria says:
I'm glad that Liu is running. I hated the IDC, and the only reason why it was disbanded because those that were members (Avella, Peralta) want to be elected, and the Governor disbanded the group because he want to be elected. I hope they all lose.
Aug. 10, 9:19 am
Fed Up from Queens says:
Will Liu continue to allow more McMansions to be built? Probably because no one follows the laws!!Donate to him and permits will be granted!
Aug. 11, 7:08 am
Luigi from Queens says:
It was all the clowns In office prior to Liu that allowed all the McMansions to be built. liu hasn’t never actually been in a position to singinficantly influence the allowance of McMansions. Only dim witted morons think that.
Aug. 12, 9:48 pm
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Aug. 13, 12:22 am
Marjorie from Bayside says:
I think Tony Avella has always done a great job in our neighborhood, from having the streets policed to the airplane noise and the bioswales. I hope he has the opportunity to continue his work in the future.
Aug. 13, 12:37 pm
Bill from Bayside says:
John Liu is a shyster...To Bob from Glen Oaks aka the John Liu troll, dream on. Everyone knows Tony Avella is the best for Bayside.

John Liu will continue Bill DeBlasio's effort to upzone and kill neighborhoods. He will continue to fight for ways to make Bayside more dense.

John Liu isn't yet a criminal, yet many people he associates with, including Grace Meng's father, are and have been convicted.

Don't be blinded by the "machine" trying to screw Bayside.
Aug. 13, 2:42 pm
Bill from Bayside says:
https://www.theepochtimes.com/senator-avellas-campaign-asks-officials-to-investigate-john-liu-for-campaign-finance-violations_2607208.html
Aug. 13, 2:44 pm

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