Mr. Gennaro reported this week that he had raised more than $100,000 since July, taking his current balance to about $412,000. That compares with about $164,000 that Mr. Padavan’s campaign reported having on hand.
But Mr. Padavan, who was first elected to the State Senate in 1972, is considered something of an institution in the district, which includes several northeastern Queens neighborhoods, among them Flushing, Bellerose and Whitestone.
Padavan’s Cash Disadvantage in Senate Race
Mr. Padavan, who prides himself on getting things done in Albany, is considered quite popular in the 11th Senate District, even though Democrats far outnumber Republicans — by a ratio of 3 to 1.