Incumbent Tony Avella easily defeated the Green Party’s Paul Gilman on Nov. 4 in a landslide victory for the 11th Senate District in Queens.
While the Green Party’s Gilman was hopeful during an interview with The Legislative Gazette last month, the incumbent easily held on to the seat, winning 92 percent of the vote according to The Associated Press.
Gilman, whose primary policy objective was legalizing marijuana in New York, will not able to put his views into effect this year.
As someone who openly admitted to serving time in jail for marijuana charges, his ideas regarding cannabis reform were rather personal.
Gilman was also opposed to hydrofracking, a stance shared by his opponent Avella.
As vice-chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, and author of several bills calling for heightened drilling safety standards as well as an outright ban on hydrofracking in New York State, Avella will likely continue to focus on this issue next session.
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