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


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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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Avella gets her vote


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I’ve been a Queens resident for 35 years and ever since Tony Avella became my state senator, I have seen dramatic improvements in our parks and school systems. Tony has been able to allocate $1.5 million to schools for critically needed renovations and $705,000 to after-school programs. This allows every school in the district to […]

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Sen. Avella questions security at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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After a second patient escaped Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in a six-month period, state Sen. Tony Avella will demand answers about security at the Queens Village facility in a press conference on Thursday.

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State Sen. Avella allocates $275K to renew Bayside Hills green space


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The Captain Dermody Triangle, which was named for outspoken abolitionist William C. Dermody, who was killed in the Civil War, is in need of repairs to its sidewalk, lawn and stone monument at the center of the triangle.

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Avella announces borough president run


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Tony Avella

A northeast Queens legislator has joined the large circle of Democrats vying for next year’s borough presidency. State Senator Tony Avella, 61, announced he will run to replace outgoing Borough President Helen Marshall. “I think Queens needs a voice, and I don’t think we’ve had that,” said Avella, who won re-election to his Senate seat […]

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Candidates eyeing Avella’s seat


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State Senator Tony Avella recently announced his intent to seek re-election, but contenders vying for his 11th District seat plan on giving him a run for his money. Republican challenger Joseph Concannon has entered the race, while Elio Forcina — who ran for State Assembly in 2010 — said he’s “strongly considering” it. Concannon, a […]

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Senator Avella Address Towers Residents


| jlyons@queenscourier.com

Senator Tony Avella, who was elected to the position last November, spoke to residents and answered their questions during a visit on Thursday, April 7. After urging constituents to come to him when they have a problem regardless of the subject or size, Avella spoke about some of the work he has been doing since […]

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Avella ousts 38 year incumbent Padavan


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

After 38 years, the 11th Senate District will have new State Senator. Popular Republican incumbent Frank Padavan lost to former two-time Democratic Councilmember Tony Avella in a down-to-the-wire race that many may consider to be a mild upset. Avella never lost the lead while the results were being processed and said that people were ready […]

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Padavan cautiously optimistic in Senate race with Avella


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

State Senator Frank Padavan continued his Election Day tradition of bringing cookies to poll workers in his districts at P.S. 178 in Jamaica; the same school his son and daughter attended. Padavan seemed cautiously confident when asked what the major differences were between himself and his Democratic opponent, two-time councilmember Tony Avella. “Credibility, integrity, honesty…common […]

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