Senator Tony Avella

Candidates eyeing Avella’s seat
Candidates eyeing Avella’s seat
News Melissa Chan 4/05/2012 at 3:26PM

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 [...]

Flushing fighting colossal church
Flushing fighting colossal church
News Melissa Chan 3/15/2012 at 7:06AM

Dozens of local leaders and incensed neighbors are striking down one Flushing church’s plan of building up to the heavens. Senator Tony Avella led a protest on March 8, rallying against the building of a proposed “enormous and out-of-scale” religious facility at 145-15 33rd Avenue. “You’d have a giant in the land of ordinary people,” [...]

New district lines ‘as bad’ as before
News Michael Pantelidis 3/14/2012 at 2:18PM

Recent revisions to district lines have done little to darn the disharmony between Republicans and Democrats. The New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) — made up largely of Republican senators due to their current control of the chamber — released its updated district maps on March 12, angering Democrats [...]

Whitestone eyesore cleaned up
News Alexa Altman 2/17/2012 at 3:01PM

While the abandoned property located at 24-19 Francis Lewis Boulevard still has a long way to go, the land formerly regarded as an “eyesore” has gotten a little less hard to look at. After sitting idle for over a decade, the plot, which had become a dumping ground for garbage and out-of-service construction equipment, has [...]

Pol: Inspect, grade food markets too
News Billy Rennison 2/16/2012 at 2:40PM

A local politician wants to make sure supermarkets are making the grade — 24 hours a day. Senator Tony Avella has proposed that the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene be given jurisdiction over food markets in the five boroughs, an authority only the state’s Department of Agriculture & Markets currently has. Currently, the [...]

Rally to remove ‘ineffective’ principal at Van Buren
Rally to remove ‘ineffective’ principal at Van Buren
News Melissa Chan 2/15/2012 at 12:29PM

Local leaders and parents hope to expel the unpopular principal of a failing school. According to PTA President Helen Young, Martin Van Buren High School is brimming with “ineffective leaders,” starting with Principal Marilyn Shevell, who several members of the community called “uninvolved.” “The [city] still hasn’t gotten it right, and the parents want [these [...]

Pols want to parcel precints into subdivisions
Pols want to parcel precints into subdivisions
News Melissa Chan 2/01/2012 at 11:33AM

Local politicians and civic leaders banded together to demand proper police protection in northeast Queens — an area they say is too large geographically and in population density for the current precincts to support all its residents. According to Senator Tony Avella, the region’s precincts — the 105th and 109th — have been tasked with [...]

Senate Redistricting plan is divisive
News Michael Pantelidis 1/31/2012 at 1:19PM

Newly-drawn district lines may pit Senate Democrats against one another in a political dogfight. Under the proposed plan, which was designed by the New York State Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment (LATFOR) — made up largely of Republican senators due to their current control of the chamber — Democratic Senate Campaign Committee [...]

Paving work leads to problems in Flushing
Paving work leads to problems in Flushing
News Alexa Altman 1/30/2012 at 12:57PM

As rain drops sprinkled 32nd Avenue in Flushing, residents wondered if the water would soon make its way into their basements. Locals are enraged over what they feel is a poor repaving job along their street, which, according to them, has caused excess water to build up during rainstorms, running onto their lawns and eventually [...]

Whitestone property a blight
News Alexa Altman 1/18/2012 at 9:20AM

Annoyed at the eyesore, local officials are finally addressing an abandoned Whitestone property – located at 24-19 Francis Lewis Boulevard – in the hopes of rousing the city’s Department of Finances (DOF) into taking action. Senator Tony Avella and the North East Flushing Civic Association want to convert the dumping ground into a contributing entity [...]