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New York State Senate

Former Queens Councilman Tony Avella Dethrones Longtime State Senator

Tony Avella ousted 38-year incumbent Frank Padavan to represent the 11th district, but he’s an exception in an election many hoped would shift the power dynamics in Albany.

Queens Democrat Tony Avella is on the road to Albany. He beat longtime State Senator Frank Padavan in Tuesday’s election, making him one of the few candidates to knock an incumbent from power in New York.

New York State Senate Control Unknown Amid Close Race

Two incumbent races will decide the majority control in the State Legislature.

A wild night of seesawing race totals and margins have left majority control of New York’s State Senate uncertain, but Republicans say they have a good shot at seizing control of the chamber.