State Senator Tony Avella

Sen. Tony Avella, park advocates sue to stop Citi Field mega mall
Sen. Tony Avella, park advocates sue to stop Citi Field mega mall
Central Melissa Chan 2/11/2014 at 2:36PM

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.

Bill would limit when registered lobbyists could run for office
Politics Melissa Chan 11/14/2013 at 1:28PM

State Senator Tony Avella, taking a shot at two newly elected officials, introduced a bill that would limit when registered lobbyists could run for office. Legislation the lawmaker announced last week would prohibit former registered lobbyists from running for city or state office for two years from the time they leave their firms. Elected lobbyists [...]

City Council candidate Joe Concannon calls ‘fraud’ on Campaign Finance Board
City Council candidate Joe Concannon calls ‘fraud’ on Campaign Finance Board
Politics Melissa Chan 10/24/2013 at 9:57AM

The retired police captain running a pointed City Council bid against a popular incumbent says the city’s Campaign Finance Board should have accommodated his late entrance into the race. Joe Concannon, who is taking on Councilmember Mark Weprin in a general election next month, said he was a “victim” of the CFB’s “incompetence and fraud” [...]

Whitestone school rumors met with rally
Whitestone school rumors met with rally
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 10/03/2013 at 11:45AM

Whitestone residents are upset they weren’t involved in the decision process after hearing rumors of a school coming to an abandoned six-acre lot in the heart of their community. After residents had seen city employees and School Construction Authority (SCA) surveyors measuring a vacant lot located along 150th Street and 5th Avenue, they began to [...]

Concern in College Point over police tow pound
Northeast Melissa Chan 10/03/2013 at 9:35AM

College Point leaders fear crumbling roads in an already congested neighborhood will not be able to handle a new police tow pound that “magically appeared” out of nowhere. State Senator Tony Avella said NYPD tow trucks have been bringing cars in and out of College Point Corporate Park for more than two weeks without first [...]

PAC attacks City Council candidates in District 19 race
PAC attacks City Council candidates in District 19 race
Politics Melissa Chan 8/28/2013 at 11:19AM

Three City Council candidates who recently had their faces plastered on smear mailers are calling for an end to “one of the worst mudslinging campaigns” the district has ever seen. “I am very disappointed and saddened by the false attacks which have been made on the personal character of the candidates,” said Chrissy Voskerichian. “False [...]

Law to alert community boards about contaminated site cleanups
Law to alert community boards about contaminated site cleanups
Top Stories Melissa Chan 8/12/2013 at 11:34AM

The state is set to begin notifying community boards when cleanups of contaminated land are planned in their areas. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently approved a bill that would make the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) responsible for alerting community boards of brownfield site cleanups. Quoting Public Law, the DEC defines a brownfield as “any [...]

Bellerose residents demand mosquito help after years with no West Nile spraying
Bellerose residents demand mosquito help after years with no West Nile spraying
Northeast Melissa Chan 7/29/2013 at 1:33PM

Bellerose residents say they live in a forgotten land when it comes to the city’s efforts to eliminate mosquitoes. “You can’t go outside. You can’t make it from your car to your front door,” said Maria Donza. The bloodsuckers are keeping residents on house arrest and even alert indoors, said Donza, who added she sits [...]

Whitestone residents rally against bus route
Whitestone residents rally against bus route
Northeast Melissa Chan 7/16/2013 at 10:22AM

Buses are still going down a narrow residential street in Whitestone and often getting stuck, residents say, despite two years the community has spent pushing for another route. “It is incomprehensible that the MTA would consider such a narrow street for the routing of a city bus,” said State Senator Tony Avella. “This is an [...]