Sen. Tony Avella acknowledged on Wednesday that it is “frustrating” to be in the minority and expressed hope that with his new role in the Independent Democratic Conference he’d be able to have some of his legislation approved by the chamber.

“You know, in any legislative body when you’re in the minority it is frustrating,” Avella told reporters in his first public comments since joining the IDC and after meeting with Klein in his fourth-floor Capitol office. “So being as part of the majority without sacrificing one iota of my philosophical Democratic values, is important.”

Avella insisted the move to the IDC — which is in a governing coalition with Senate Republicans, was motivated by being able to be productive in the chamber.

“For me it’s always been about the work,” he said. “People in my district elected me to do a job. In the beginning I was a little bit skeptical as to whether this bipartisan coalition that the IDC had with Republican conference, but it has worked. It has proven results for Democratic values.”

He added, “It’s all about the work, so I thought it was appropriate to join and get some of the things that I’ve wanted to do as well as Democrats throughout the entire state, get done.”

Avella said he is running for re-election later this year and brushed off talk of a potential primary challenge.

“I don’t believe it,” he said. “I honestly don’t believe it. I beat a 38-year Republican incumbent in my district. No one Democrat could beat that incumbent. They tried for 38 years. The last election I won by 73 percent in the general election.”

Avella is referring to longtime Sen. Frank Padavan of Queens who he unseated in 2010.

Klein indicated earlier in the day Avella would be considered for one of several vacant committee chairmanships. But Avella said he’d be happy with any post in the Senate. At the same time, he affirmed he would again not accept a stipend or “lulu” for the chairmanship.

“At this point not having a committee chairmanship, I’d be happy to get one,” he said. “Being chair of a committee will help get things done.”