Democrat Sen. Tony Avella Launches NYC Mayoral Bid

NEW YORK (AP) -

State Sen. Tony Avella announced Sunday his intent to challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio in the 2017 mayoral primary.

The Queens Democrat, who is a member of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, launched his campaign at a hotel in Queens that is used to house homeless people. Avella has been a fierce critic of the Democratic mayor’s handling of the homeless crisis.

“Under Mayor de Blasio we have more homeless than ever, our taxes continue to rise and it is more expensive to live here than ever before — all of this while our quality of life fades away,” said Avella, 65. “It is time to eliminate the corruption at City Hall, where campaign consultants [and] lobbyists sit at the table.”