Bayside Hills Civic Association invites public to meet Senate and Assembly candidates ahead of midterms

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Come to Bayside Hills later this month for an informative night in local politics.

The Bayside Hills Civic Association is inviting the public to their annual Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. The event will take place at the Colonial Church of Bayside, located at 54-02 217th St., and is open to all who seek more information ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

Candidates for state Senate District 11 and Assembly Districts 25 and 26 have been invited to speak at the forum and refreshments will be served. Participants are asked to come prepared with questions for the moderators to ask the candidates.

Invited guests include former Independent Democratic Conference member state Senator Tony Avella, who recently announced his re-election campaign despite losing the primary in September. Avella confirmed that he would be running on the Independent and Women’s Equality lines with the support of local grassroots group Families for Tony Avella.

The senator’s opponent John Liu has also been invited to the annual event after winning the primary with 53 percent of the votes. The former city comptroller announced his Senate bid back in July and gained the support of City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman Rory Lancman.

First-time Senate candidate Vickie Paladino will be the GOP representative in the November elections. Paladino emerged victorious in September against fellow first-timer Simon Minching, receiving 57.3 percent of the Republican votes.

Incumbent Assemblyman Ed Braunstein and his opponent David Bressler are also slated to appear at the candidate forum. Both candidates are vying for the assembly seat in District 26, which was won by Braunstein in 2011. Braunstein and Bressler, who is currently the regional manager for a national bakery conglomerate, both ran unopposed in the September primary.

The BHCA has also invited District 25 Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, who is running unopposed in November. Rozic has represented the Assembly district since she assumed office in 2013.

For more information on the upcoming event, visit the BHCA website or the group’s Facebook page. You can also email Michael Feiner, president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association at baysidehillscivic@gmail.com.