With about 42 percent of the precincts reporting, Democratic challenger is leading Republican incumbent Frank Padavan in the 11th state Senate district 53 to 47.

But, that’s good enough for Senate Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson, who issued this statement a short time ago:

“Senator-Elect Tony Avella has a long record of reform and political independence – the perfect antidote to 38 years of status quo Albany dysfunction. Senator-Elect Avella ran a tireless campaign. He went door-to-door in Queens to make his case and I am particularly proud he made women’s rights and healthcare a centerpiece of his campaign. I look forward to working with Senator-Elect Avella to regain New York’s trust in government, and to make sure the Senate continues to advocate for those most in need.”