A coalition of community-based, advocacy and social services organizations will host a non-partisan candidate forum for New York State Senate District 11. The event, scheduled for 6:30PM on Tuesday, August 19th at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing, will feature both the incumbent Senator Tony Avella, and the challenger John Liu. Ruschell Boone, NY1’s Queens Reporter, will moderate the forum.
The heated contest between Avella and Liu is one of the year’s most closely watched elections, given Avella’s membership in the Independent Democratic Conference, a faction of five New York state senators that play a key role in the state’s current political structure. The senate’s near-equal balance between Republican and Democratic members means the IDC’s block vote is often the key to a bill’s passage or failure.
With both Democratic candidates confirmed to attend, and the Green Party candidate also invited, the event’s organizers expressed their anticipation of an informative forum for their members and the community. NICE members, some who reside in district 11, are eager to hear where the candidates stand on key issues that affect them, namely ending wage theft and employment agency fraud, and expanding immigrant rights through NYS drivers’ licenses.
The 11th Senate District covers a large part of Northeast Queens, including portions of Flushing, College Point, Whitestone, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Briarwood, Jamaica Hills, Little Neck, Fresh Meadows, Murray Hill, Auburndale and Glen Oaks.
The event is open to the public.