News John Liu to challenge Tony Avella for Queens state senate race John Liu attends the NY1 20th Anniversary party, in celebration of two decades of the New York City news channel at New York Public Library on October 11, 2012 in New York City. Photo Credit: Getty Getty By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 May 19, 2014 4:17 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email Former City Comptroller John Liu received the backing of the Queens Democratic Committee Monday for his state senate bid. The members unanimously nominated Liu as their candidate in the race against state Senator Tony Avella in the Democratic Primary. Avella, who represents eastern Queens, ruffled feathers within the party in February when he was one of several Democratic senators who joined a caucus who govern with the GOP. Liu, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor last year, didn't comment about the nomination Monday. Avella said his record serving his constituents will prove itself at the polls this fall. "I work for the people I represent -- not for the Queens party bosses or political insiders," he said in a statement. By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.