22 THE QUEENS COURIER • MAY 11, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM Queens lawmaker abandons mayoral bid BY SUZANNE MONTEVERDI email@example.com @smont76 Bayside-based state Senator Tony Avella announced on Th ursday morning 4 FOR $4 Open 7am to 11pm - Fridays & Saturday until midnight www.clarkerestaurants 2 Sliders of Your Choice, 1 Small Curly Fries and Small Soft Drink 2 FOR $7 2 FOR $7 French Dip & Swiss sandwiches 6/30/17 6/30/17 6/30/17 6/30/17 6/30/17 3 FOR $7 6/30/17 6/30/17 6/30/17 6/30/17 6/30/17 Classic Roast Beef sandwiches Free cookie or turnover with the purchase of any sandwich and soft drink (excludes sliders & snack sandwiches) Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich MEAL MEAL Limited time offer at participating locations. TM & ©2017 ARBY’S HOLDER, LLC. 140LBLD6I (Roast Turkey, Bacon & Ranch, or Roast Turkey, Ham & Swiss) that he has suspended his mayoral campaign against incumbent candidate Mayor Bill de Blasio, citing fi nancial reasons. Th e Democratic lawmaker, who represents areas of Bayside, Flushing, Whitestone and Douglaston, announced his bid for mayor last December. Avella was the lone active legislator to mount a challenge to de Blasio in the Democratic primary, which takes place this September. “When I started this campaign fi ve months ago I knew that I was facing an uphill battle if I wanted to topple an incumbent mayor with deep pockets,” Avella said in a statement released by his campaign on May 4. “Th ough uphill, the battle was not impossible. If able to stay in this race the entire way I knew that with my resume, coupled with the incumbent’s disrespect, disregard and disdain for the everyday New Yorker, my message could resonate with New York.” However, as the race progressed, Avella continued, staying in the running “without being beholden to dark money” posed a challenge. “Th roughout my career in government, I have prided myself on being an outsider who made it to the inside and got things done,” he continued. “Unfortunately, in a race like this, being an outsider doesn’t get you much. Th ese days, it seems, elections are won with dollars, not votes.” Th e lawmaker closed by assuring his constituents in Senate District 11 that he will continue to serve as their state senator and represent Queens in Albany. He also vowed to challenge de Blasio’s policies as necessary.
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