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Padavan Says He Will Not Run Against Avella

Long-time senator will focus his efforts on helping Councilman Halloran's congressional bid.

Update: April 25, 2:00 p.m.: Former state Sen. Frank Padavan said he would not attempt to reclaim his old seat by challenging Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside.

Padavan told Patch this afternoon that he is not considering another run for office, but would support Councilman Dan Halloran's, R-Whitestone, congressional run this year.

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State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, will not this fall, a Queens County Republican source said.

Padavan, who was the senator for northeast Queens for 38 years before , will not challenge Avella for his Senate seat, but will instead stump for Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone, who is .

“My understanding is the senator is passing on another run for the Senate and will focus his efforts on helping the councilman,” the source said.

The Northeast Queens Republican Club’s Joe Concannon would be a likely contender against Avella, the source said.

But Phil Ragusa, chairman of the Queens Republican Party, said he had not officially heard from Padavan that the former senator did not plan to run.

“Between now and then, we would, of course, consider him if he changes his mind,” Ragusa said. “If not, we’ll do our screenings in mid-May and pick the person who would make the best candidate.”

At a recent meeting in Queens, Padavan said he had been approached to make another run against Avella, but would instead focus his efforts on helping Halloran’s congressional campaign, the Times Ledger reported.

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Arthur J caputo April 26, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Quite frankly, anyone who supports the republicans are politically ignorant to what is going on in their party. Citizens United, continued support of the taxpayer subsidies to the rich oil companies, trying to bring down the Postal Service with their impossible fiscal demands on postal pensions and health benefits, freezing the minimum wage for 10 years while in power,not to mention the Bush fiasco policies that nearly bankrupt our country.,the Ryan budget that ,as usual, favors the rich at our expense anti immigration laws in Arizona and Alabama that discriminate,,etc, A heartless party that if given the opportunity would get us into another illegal war and bring our country further down to ruin..We have seen this movie before.
Gary R. May 24, 2012 at 03:27 PM
@ caputo: So you obviously want no fiscal restraint, no balanced budget, no pension reform, no illegal immigration criminal enforcement... all the things that have already brought our country down to its' knees, and are being accelerated by Obama and the democrat party. And you continue to blame Bush for the ills for which your party, which controlled Congress during the Bush administration, is overwhelmingly responsible. Par for the course. I guess you have no children or grandchildren, who will be paying off the Democrat-generated debt and "legacy" for many generations... talk about heartless. And by the way, up until the Gulf War, every war of the 20th century was started by a Democrat. Typical democrat tactic, to rewrite history.

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