From Douglaston Patch:
Having deferred Congressional ambitions, State. Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, announced on Monday that he will run to be re-elected to the state Senate.
A Republican contender for the seat has yet to emerge, but Queens GOP leaders are hoping former Sen. Frank Padavan will attempt to regain his old seat.
Avella had been named as a potential candidate for U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman's, D-Bayside, seat after the long-time congressman recently announced that he would retire. But the senator has, instead, decided to support state Assemblywoman Grace Meng's, D-Flushing, bid for Congress.
Avella said he is planning to run again for the Senate.
The Queens GOP hopes Padavan will take up arms for his old seat. Avella and Padavan last faced off in 2009. At that time, Padavan had been the 38-year incumbent.