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Liu bests Paladino, unseats Avella

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John Liu, former city comptroller, bested state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and challengers Vickie Paladino and Simon Minching in Tuesday’s midterm elections to secure the District 11 state Senate seat.

Liu tallied 54.1 percent of the votes with 97.3 percent of the precincts reporting, while Paladino nabbed 24 percent, according to unofficial results from NY1. Avella followed with 20.5 percent of the votes, while Minching secured 1.4 percent according to unofficial results from NY1.

Liu and Avella — a former member of the renegade Independent Democratic Conference member from 2014 to 2018 — went head-to-head in the September Democratic primary, which Liu won 52.9 percent of the votes, while Avella trailed behind with 47.1 percent.

In their second bout, Liu ran a campaign to unseat Avella who represented the 11th Senate District in Queens — which covers which covers Bayside, College Point, Auburndale, Beechhurst, Whitestone, Bay Terrace and parts of Flushing, Douglaston, Little Neck and Glen Oaks.

Earlier today, Liu and his family met with voters and cast their ballots at Edward Bleeker JHS — located at 185 at 147-26 25th Dr. in Flushing.

“I’m very happy because it’s been a tremendous turnout so far, and I think it’s going to be even bigger,” said Liu. “I think for our democracy, for our state, and country the more people vote, the better society will be.”

“I am confident that we’ve done everything that we possibly can. Nobody can control the outcome of the election,” Liu added. “The only thing we can control is our own effort, and we’ve put in maximum effort.”

Liu, who served as a city councilman from 2002 to 2013 and ran for mayor in 2013, narrowly lost a 2014 Senate primary for the seat to Avella. His mayoral campaign was clouded by campaign finance issues that resulted in prison terms for two aides.

Liu’s campaign was focused on fighting for education equity, the Reproductive Health Act, and quality-of-life issues in the district.

“The Reproductive Health Act is a priority,” said Liu. “A precedent that was set decades ago, Roe. v. Wade, is in peril.”

He also wants to fight to keep the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test — a proposal made by Mayor Bill de Blasio to drop the exam as the sole criteria for admission to the eight elite specialized high schools in the city.

Meanwhile, in his bid for re-election, Avella had also promised to continue working on quality-of-life issues in northeast Queens, preserving the SHSAT exam, and affordable housing.

“The battles we face everyday including over development, property taxes, airplane and helicopter noise, quality education, affordable health care and corruption in government are too important to hand over to either of these two primary winners,” said Avella.

Reach reporter Carlotta Mohamed by e-mail at cmohamed@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4526.

Updated 11:31 pm, November 6, 2018
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Basedonrace from Queens says:
Very unfortunate but I knew it was all going to come down based on race. So the asians will continue to corner the housing market in this area while they overdelop in these areas and continue to build ugly, monstrous housing. Wonder how john paid for his campaign funding this time. The asians have no idea who this guy is because most of them are only voting based on race and were probably NOT here when liu was first elected. Most people around here are renters so they come and go and vote never knowing the background of anyone and never caring to learn. Liu did nothing when he was here before and he will just continue to do nothing and making his district even worst.
Nov. 7, 4:13 am
Sore Loser from Queens says:
Avella was a sellout. Run for office yourself if you think you can do a better job.
Nov. 7, 6:39 am
lou from bayside says:
The idiot people once again stoop low and pick up a crook off the garbage heap!
Nov. 7, 7:03 am
JJK from Bay Terrace says:
Wow! Now Bayside will really turn into Flushing. The people will get what they deserve by re electing a crook. Idiots!
Nov. 7, 7:55 am
Bob from Glen Oaks says:
As president of the world's largest co-op, I am dismayed by Avella's loss. Very sad and in grief. Liu is a crook.
Nov. 7, 8:04 am
Paulette from Astoria says:
CONGRATULATIONS!! JOHN LIU, you deserved it
Nov. 7, 8:31 am
Basedonrace is 100% Right from Bayside says:
As crooked as a crook comes, Liu is your guy. A crooked politician for his crooked Asian constituents. Yes, Northeast Queens will now look like disgusting Flushing. Biggest thieves are not the Mexicans, blacks, Hispanics, etc. It’s Liu and his kind. Oh and btw, there is no greater racist than an asian.
Nov. 7, 10:17 am
Joe from Bayside says:
pack your bags if you don't like it. there's nothing you can do now. See ya white boy!
Nov. 7, 10:31 am
Joe from Bayside says:
"There is no greater racist than an asian" LOL....yeah and what are you gonna do about it? You not gonna do dick.
Nov. 7, 10:34 am
Camille from Auburndale says:
Maybe everyone should thank Mr. Avella for his many years of service and wish Mr. Liu the very best. It would be nice if they could work together for the greater good of the people of this district. Mr. Avella has many years of experience and would make a great consultant for anyone in the democratic party. They both care about the people here.
Nov. 7, 11:19 am
Jr from Bayside says:
Sadly, I’m prepping my dream home for sale. Spike in burglary, plane noise, tax increases on my home(over 7300)and now nobody to represent my interest in Congress, it’s time to go. Totally renovated 2 family in bayside, only me and the bride live here. The new owner will rent out the vacant apt to a ton of people,and make a sro out of the basement. Sad but true.
Nov. 7, 12:53 pm
At Joe from Bayside from Bayside says:
The only thing I’d like to do is put you in contact with a dictionary.
Nov. 7, 1:35 pm
JJK from Bayside says:
You got that right JR! I loved Bayside, but its time for me to go too.
Nov. 7, 3:19 pm
Joe from Bayside says:
At least I can speak many languages. You can't even speak or write your own language correctly. Might wanna check your grammar before suggesting a dictionary to anyone. Cracka.
Nov. 7, 3:47 pm
crooked from Queens says:
Every knows Liu is crooked. Why they voted for him is beyond comprehension. At least he will probably have a driver.
Nov. 7, 4:17 pm
Pete from Flushing says:
I agree with Camille from Auburndale. Couldn't have said it better myself. Everyone else can move and take your racist rants and raging bigotry with you.
Nov. 7, 4:32 pm
Joe is so bored from Bayside says:
Thanks for the afternoon laughs. I figure you must be bored waiting for the next passenger to board your rickshaw. Go have a dumpling before you help your family at the “massage parlor”.
Nov. 7, 5:49 pm
Pete from Flushing says:
Joe, the bored sicko from Bayside. You disgust everyone.
Nov. 7, 8:36 pm
Citizen from USA says:
Liu was a crook the first go round, we know who voted for him this time! Northeast Flushing, already looks like downtown Flushing!! Body work shops on every other block,homes with people coming and going all hours of the day. Only in America
Nov. 7, 9:20 pm
Joe from Bayside says:
Hey - have fun with your $80k a year blue collar salary. That's actually a little high for your kind. I understand if you're a little mad that Asians have taken over your sweet old Bayside, your jobs, everything that you own. But oh well, get used to it.....you're not gonna do —— about it except post about it online. We're not taking your jobs, because let's face it, you can only go so far with a GED.
Nov. 7, 10:50 pm
Joe from Bayside aka Poo Poo Platter from Bayside says:
Joe, you’re I. The minority on this post, in more ways than one. Cut your losses and let’s agree to disagree. Okay sport?
Nov. 8, 10 am
JJK says:
Sport? Don't you mean AH?
Nov. 8, 11:22 am
JJK says from Bayside says:
JJK, if AH is what I think it is, then yes, I agree. Lol
Nov. 8, 11:29 am
Joe from Bayside says:
Yup, the minority owning the majority. You're right about cutting losses - look into it.
Nov. 8, 2:14 pm
Celtic from Bayside says:
Joe from Bayside cracks me up. He's so easy to figure out. His name is really Sum Yung Boy, and his parents picked "Joe" out of the FOB dictionary when they got here from Korea. Joe had no friends in school as the loner Asian, so studied all day after school instead of getting American girls. Now he's an accountant, however, still has no real power because those of us in corporate America make sure of it. He thinks because a few Asians live in Bayside that he now has power. Try leaving Queens for a minute and see how many Asians are around the country with power. NONE. You will NEVER see an Asian president. Sorry Sum Yung Boy.
Nov. 12, 3:47 am
Joe from Bayside says:
Accountant or carpenter....hmmmm I wonder who makes more money Celtic HAHAHA. We don't need to leave Queens when we can just buy you out. Why would we want an Asian president when we can just have a white one and pull his strings?
Nov. 13, 11:04 am

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