Tony Avella on Quinn, Secret Government

Last night I saw City Councilman Tony Avella of Queens, who is officially running for mayor, speaking at an event in midtown hosted by DFNYC and some local Democratic clubs.

Avella, chair of the zoning and franchise committee, has long been a critic of his colleagues things like going “on and on without saying anything” and voting for their own pay raises.

In this clip (shot, once again, in night-vision mode), Avella rips into the speaker of the City Council (and his potential mayoral rival) Christine Quinn for allegedly obeying the whims of the real estate industry, who make their wants known in private telephone calls. Avella calls it the “secret government.”

(Tech Note: Yes, Avella knew I was filming. And full disclosure, my mom lives in his district.)