State Senator Tony Avella has launched his bid for the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York City, a challenge to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
I have known Senator Avella for a number of years, and found him a man concerned with various issues affecting the citizens of this great city. Here is a politician that walks the walk.
I remember when he was a councilman and there was a vote to increase the salary of the City Council members and Avella voted against it. I feel that he believed this was the wrong thing to do with so many out of work and a bad example with so many suffering.
He is also very concerned with the homeless.
I truly feel the pain of the homeless, for I myself was homeless after my discharge from the United States Navy. I had no family or friends who could help me. I remember the fear, being lonely, and the bitter cold in February of 1975.
If it was not the kindness of an immigrant from Nigeria named Cyril, who offered me a place to stay until I got a job, I don't know what would of happened to me.
I believe Tony Avella deserves a chance to make things right for the homeless and their plight. Mayor de Blasio and his homeless policies have failed the homeless, and these families and individuals need help now.
Whether one is a Republican or a Democrat, we need a person who can effect change. I hope Senator Tony Avella is that person.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village