Avella said he felt he could serve the people of Queens more effectively in his role as state senator.
“When I first ran for the State Senate, I ran on a platform of reforming Albany," read a statement from Avella. "It has become clear that there is still a lot of work left to be done."
Katz praised Avella's work as a legislator.
"For more than a decade, Tony Avella has worked around the clock to speak up for hardworking families in Queens, and fought to make their lives better," she said in a statement. "His presence in this race brought the focus to real issues facing voters around our borough, including education, affordable housing, and better healthcare for all Queens residents."
Avella's full statement:
“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to withdraw from the Queens Borough President race. This was certainly not an easy decision and I am eternally grateful for the overwhelming amount of support I received from people throughout Queens. Queens is my home borough and I will never stop fighting and advocating for all residents of Queens. Yet, at this time, I believe I can best serve the people of Queens by remaining a State Senator.”
“When I first ran for the State Senate, I ran on a platform of reforming Albany. It has become clear that there is still a lot of work left to be done. From protecting against the threat of hydrofracking to preserving women’s rights, there is a lot of unfinished business in Albany and I hope to take more of a leadership role in helping address these important issues, which reverberate beyond Queens and affect people across the entire state. That is why I believe I can be more effective for the people at this time in my role as a State Senator.”
“Again, I would like to thank my supporters for their encouragement throughout this campaign and look forward to them joining me on this continuing journey towards reforming Albany.”