Senator Tony Avella

College Point principal resigns after protests and allegations
College Point principal resigns after protests and allegations
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 10/17/2013 at 1:32PM

The so-called “terror-driven reign” of a College Point principal is over. Jennifer Jones-Rogers resigned as head of P.S. 29 last week, education officials confirmed, after dozens in the community urged the city to fire her earlier this summer. “I think that this is a step in the right direction, but it’s not everything,” said Gloria [...]

Renderings leaked of potential Manhattan soccer stadium at Pier 40
Renderings leaked of potential Manhattan soccer stadium at Pier 40
Sports Liam La Guerre 8/02/2013 at 12:42PM

Renderings of a possible stadium for the new Major League Soccer (MLS) team, New York City Football Club, made their way onto the Internet yesterday. The renderings were made in 2012 by the organization, but it is not known who leaked them online. “This rendering was a conceptual design that Major League Soccer produced when [...]

Residents rally against Bayside school
Education & Kids Queens Courier Staff 7/22/2013 at 12:31PM

JOHANN HAMILTON  Bayside residents are not happy with a recent proposal to place a school in their neighborhood. Dozens of community members gathered on the corner of 48th Avenue and 210th Street, where the Department of Education (DOE) has proposed placing a 416-seat primary school. The new school, about a half-mile away from P.S. 31, would replace [...]

Astoria residents say developer damaged their homes
Astoria residents say developer damaged their homes
Top Stories Melissa Chan 5/30/2013 at 11:06AM

A towering medical center being built in Astoria has received a key permit from the city — despite complaints by neighbors who say the construction has caused their homes’ foundations to crumble. “There are cracks everywhere, in every room, from the ceilings to walls,” said Robert Draghi, who lives behind the site of a future [...]

Despite relief, plane noise may still plague northeast Queens
Despite relief, plane noise may still plague northeast Queens
Northeast Melissa Chan 3/22/2013 at 10:18AM

Northeast Queens residents may get a respite from the plane noise that tormented them last summer — but not full relief. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials said there would be fewer planes flying over portions of Bayside and Flushing. But, depending on traffic and wind, there could be times residents could hear the same turbulence [...]

Cramped school gets new fourth grade
Cramped school gets new fourth grade
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 10/04/2012 at 11:59AM

A new class has been added to aid a cramped Clearview elementary school, after parents said students were packed like sardines in some classes that held close to 40 pupils, the city’s Department of Education (DOE) said. P.S. 209 shuffled programming and opened up a new general education fourth grade class at the overcrowded Clearview [...]

New flight patterns a failure: residents, pols
New flight patterns a failure: residents, pols
News Melissa Chan 8/29/2012 at 9:32AM

The trial period testing a new departure procedure at LaGuardia Airport has failed, said local leaders who recently rallied to put an end to the thundering turbulence tormenting residents in northeast Queens. “New flight patterns cannot be instituted if they are so detrimental to the quality of life for residents,” said State Senator Tony Avella [...]

Delinquent property owners exploiting lien loopholes
News Melissa Chan 6/14/2012 at 12:00PM

A local legislator lambasted the city’s Department of Finance (DOF) for letting delinquent property owners exploit lien loopholes and flout payments, cheating the city out of thousands of dollars. According to State Senator Tony Avella, indebted property owners can be removed from the annual tax lien sale — the city’s list of properties with unpaid [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Liam La Guerre 5/18/2012 at 7:33AM

  Alleged Cocaine Kingpin Nabbed In Queens Drug Ring Bust  A 15-month investigation by the New York City Police Department and the Queens district attorney’s office has led to the arrest of 45 people, including a man who is allegedly one of the city’s biggest cocaine dealers. The investigation centered on two gangs in southeast [...]

Pols argue over whose co-op/condo legislation is best
Pols argue over whose co-op/condo legislation is best
News Melissa Chan 4/17/2012 at 4:05PM

A coalition of co-op and condo owners in northeast Queens had one message for its elected officials after arguments erupted over whose bill was best: no more lip service. “What you see is the dysfunction in Albany. This isn’t a Republican-Democrat issue. It’s about homeowners who don’t want to be pushed out of their homes,” [...]