Tony Avella has dedicated his life to fighting for working and middle-class families. Prior to holding elected office, Tony was known in the community for his distinguished career in public service. He was a civic activist, member of Queens Community Board #7, and an aide to former New York City Mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins.  

In 2001, Tony was elected to the New York City Council, representing the people of Northeast Queens in the 19th City Council district.  He was re-elected by an overwhelming majority in both 2003 and 2005. As a member of the City Council, Tony served as Chair of the Zoning and Franchises Committee and was founder and Chair of the first Italian-American Caucus. 

Respecting the will of the voters who twice passed term limits, Tony refused to run for a third term in the City Council.  Instead, he ran for State Senate in 2010, and defeated a 38-year incumbent.  Tony was re-elected in 2012, 2014, and 2016, and has continued his dedicated service to the people of the 11th Senatorial District.  

As State Senator, Tony has served as Chair of the Children and Families Committee, and was Chair of the Senate Task Force on the Delivery of Social Services to New York City, the first-ever task force of its kind.  The task force identified challenges and worked to improve access to social services programs such as food stamps, affordable housing, Medicare and public assistance.  Tony currently serves as ranker on the Aging Committee.  

Tony is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York. He is a lifelong Queens resident and currently resides in Whitestone with his wife Judith.

Tony’s Pledge

  • Increase funding to New York City schools
  • Create jobs by enabling small businesses to expand and hire new workers
  • Provide adequate funding for seniors, veterans, and healthcare services
  • Increase funding for parks, libraries and street tree maintenance
  • Implement appropriate traffic safety measures
  • Decrease airplane and helicopter noise
  • Return state government to the people through good government and voter reforms