State Senator Tony Avella

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 [...]

Bill to preserve city parkland
News Melissa Chan 7/10/2013 at 6:51PM

A bill introduced in the State Senate would make it more difficult for private companies to get a hold of city parkland. “Parkland is sacred and should be preserved for generations to come, not given away to private developers, especially without just and equal parkland compensation,” said State Senator Tony Avella, who penned the legislation. [...]

Pols push for two-state study of airplane noise
Pols push for two-state study of airplane noise
Top Stories Melissa Chan 7/01/2013 at 3:55PM

Airport operators have become the target of the latest localized effort to quiet Queens skies. The state legislature has passed a bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a one-time study to determine the effects of aircraft noise on Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Jersey residents. “With [...]

10 years after deadly staged accident, family wants Alice’s Law passed
10 years after deadly staged accident, family wants Alice’s Law passed
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/24/2013 at 10:28AM

The family of the 71-year-old Queens woman killed 10 years ago in a staged car accident said bureaucratic delays have held up justice — and a proposed law to stiffen penalties in such cases. “It should have passed,” said Daniel Ross, 56, of Bayside. “I don’t want another family to go through what we went [...]

Barry Grodenchik drops out of BP race after key endorsement goes to Katz
Barry Grodenchik drops out of BP race after key endorsement goes to Katz
Politics Melissa Chan 5/21/2013 at 6:09PM

Former assemblymember Barry Grodenchik has ended his borough president bid less than a day after being beat for a key county endorsement. “The next borough president must focus like a laser on jobs, education, healthcare, economic development and Sandy recovery,” Grodenchik said. “I am proud to have brought those issues to the forefront of the [...]

Historic Fresh Meadows horse stable faces eviction
Historic Fresh Meadows horse stable faces eviction
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/17/2013 at 10:48AM

Horses in a historic Queens barn may have their last trot in a century-old stable. “Everyone’s saddened to see that it’s in jeopardy,” said equestrian master Joy Tirado, 43. The Western Riding Club in Fresh Meadows—and its seven steeds—faces eviction now that property owner John Lightstone, 87, has put the land up for sale after [...]

Town hall highlights transit issues in northeast Queens
Town hall highlights transit issues in northeast Queens
Northeast Queens Courier Staff 5/13/2013 at 2:37PM

Idle buses and a lack of adequate service are some of the transit problems plaguing northeast Queens, residents say. About 25 people aired their grievances to bus, subway and LIRR officials during a town hall meeting on Thursday. “I think we can all agree that we are under-serviced by mass transit in this district,” said [...]