Defeated Senator To Run for Seat on Third-Party Line

QUEENS (AP/Hamodia) -

A state senator from Queens who was defeated in the Democratic primary said Monday he will run in next month’s election as a third-party candidate.

Tony Avella said he’ll stay on the November ballot as the nominee for the Independence and Women’s Equality parties.

Avella, who had been a member of the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of rogue Democrats who broke with their party to support Republican control of the Senate, lost the Democratic primary to former New York City Comptroller John Liu.

Liberals successfully targeted Avella and other ex-IDC members in last month’s primary, arguing that they had betrayed their party by empowering Republicans. Six out of the faction’s eight members were defeated, including the leader, Jeff Klein of the Bronx.