Avella cited the work that he and Graziano did together on creating new zoning regulations and downzoning various Queens neighborhoods - most notably neighborhoods in northeast Queens - to curb overdevelopment.
“You can't put a price tag on the quality of life that has been preserved from these two things,” said Avella.
The state senator also noted Graziano's positive relationships with civic groups across Queens, and said if voters elect Graziano they could expect a council member similar to the one they had in Avella from 2001 to 2009.
“He will be a great council member, and given what the last council member,” said Avella, referring to Councilman Dan Halloran, who is stepping down amid an investigation by the federal government on bribery charges, “has done to undermine the work we did, I know Paul will continue what I worked on.”
Graziano, whose civic activism goes back 20 years, called himself a Democrat with a small “d.” After predicting Avella would be the next Queens borough president, he said that constituent services and not politics would be the focus of his office if elected.
“Overdevelopment, education, and quality of life, those are the three things I'm going to focus on,” said Graziano. “I think the state senator and I have very similar goals, and our focus is on constituent needs and services.”