Tony Avella joins NY State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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State Senator Tony Avella is joining the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), he announced Wednesday. He will be the fifth member of the breakaway faction of Senate Democrats — led by Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx — who share majority control of the chamber with Republicans.

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Sen. Tony Avella, park advocates sue to stop Citi Field mega mall


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy NYCEDC

State Senator Tony Avella and a long list of Queens park advocates are suing the city to stop a mega mall from coming to Citi Field. The 1.4 million-square-foot shopping center is part of a major $3 billion project by Sterling Equities and Related Companies to redevelop Willets Point.

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Tony Avella drops out of Queens borough president race


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The once-crowded Democratic race for Queens borough president is now down to two. State Senator Tony Avella dropped his bid for the seat Wednesday, citing “unfinished business in Albany” as one of his reasons, his campaign said. “It has become clear that there is still a lot of work left to be done,” Avella said. […]

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More than 100 townhouses, park and ‘eco dock’ planned for Whitestone Waterpointe site


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy Joseph Sultana Architects

Edgestone Group, which owns the 18-acre vacant Waterpointe site at 151-45 6th Rd., plans to construct 107 residential buildings on it — more than double the number of units that were originally promised for the property years ago.

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Queens Centers for Progress celebrates 65 years in the community


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Photo courtesy QCP

From their humble beginnings operating out of the basement of a wood-framed house in Queens 65 years ago to now servicing over 1,500 people at several different facilities, the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) has grown to become a leader in helping people with developmental disabilities.

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Whitestone community group wants park on vacant sites


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark

We Love Whitestone, a new civic organization that has been gaining popularity, is going on the offensive against possible overdevelopment of two massive vacant Whitestone sites, and hopes to convince city politicians of a plan to buy one and turn it into a park with ball fields.

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Avella hopes to stop plans of overdevelopment on massive Whitestone vacant sites


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/PropertyShark 

Winter may be coming to an end, but state Sen. Tony Avella isn’t planning a warm welcome for anyone who purchases a controversial site in Whitestone if they plan on overdeveloping the property or building something that doesn’t comply with zoning.

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