Democratic Sen. Tony Avella who is running for re-election in New York’s 11th district, recently received endorsements from a number of organizations.
The New York State AFL-CIO, Steamfitters Local 638, the Lieutenants Benevolent Association, and Voters for Animal Rights, have all endorsed Avella, according to a campaign announcement on Aug. 23.
The AFL-CIO is a federation of unions and represents 2.5 million members from 3,000 affiliated public, private, and building trade unions.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement[s]” said Avella in a statement. “Throughout my career, I have fought for the hardworking men and women in labor to strengthen collective bargaining rights, improve workplace safety, and raise wages.”
Running against Avella is John Liu, a former New York City comptroller who has an extensive history of flouting campaign finance laws. Liu is entering politics again after his 2013 mayoral bid fell apart—after two of his aides at the time were sent to prison for conducting an illegal straw donor scheme. Liu is also a Democrat.
Jeff Frediani, Avella’s campaign spokesman told The Epoch Times that the recent show of support draws parallels to the senator’s earlier race.
“The senator has as much support as he had 4 years ago in the same race with John Liu,” Frediani said. “He is very proud of each one of them.”
A ‘Disgrace’In June, Avella’s re-election campaign asked officials to investigate Liu after financial records revealed campaign finance violations again. A political committee dubbed “No IDC NY,” spent a total of $11,693 to provide recent petition services on Liu’s behalf, but the committee’s spending had already exceeded the primary limit contribution by thousands of dollars this year.
“Is he paying the fine? I mean he’s asking people to vote for him who pay their property taxes, who if they get a ticket—they pay the ticket. But meanwhile, he doesn’t want to do the same thing that the average voter does,” Avella told The Epoch Times in July. “I think it’s a disgrace.”
“Not a surprise though, as John Liu still hasn’t paid $500,000 in Sanitation violations since 2012,” Avella continued in a subsequent post.