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Tony Avella drops out of Queens borough president race
Tony Avella drops out of Queens borough president race
Politics Melissa Chan 8/14/2013 at 5:33PM

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. [...]

Candidates come out to Rockaway Beach
Candidates come out to Rockaway Beach
Politics Queens Courier Staff 8/05/2013 at 4:19PM

BENJAMIN FANG Political candidates recently spoke at the Friends of Rockaway Beach forum, where they affirmed their commitment to address the needs of the Rockaway community. Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner headlined the forum for the district he once represented in Congress. Democratic mayoral candidates Comptroller John Liu, former Councilmember Sal Albanese and Republicans John Catsimatidis [...]

Republican Arcabascio to run for Borough President
Politics Terence M. Cullen 5/17/2013 at 12:36PM

An Astoria technology professional is eyeing a Borough Hall run as a Republican, making the race for borough president a little tighter. Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio confirmed his candidacy and expects to receive county endorsement soon. Arcabascio, who ran his own technology company for 13 years, made his debut in the political world last year when [...]

Race to replace embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran underway
Race to replace embattled Councilmember Dan Halloran underway
Politics Melissa Chan 4/25/2013 at 1:23PM

The first Republican candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to replace federally-indicted Councilmember Dan Halloran. Dennis Saffran, 57, said he is running in the 19th Council District to restore “the tradition of integrity and honesty in government.” The attorney from Douglaston ran for the seat in 2001 and narrowly lost to then-Councilmember Tony [...]

Candidates focus on development at Borough President forum
Candidates focus on development at Borough President forum
Politics Terence M. Cullen 4/12/2013 at 3:27PM

Questions regarding development at Willets Point, directed mainly at three of the six candidates, became a significant part of a recent forum for borough president. Councilmembers Peter Vallone Jr. and Leroy Comrie, State Senators Jose Peralta and Tony Avella, former Councilmember and Assemblymember Melinda Katz and former Deputy BP Barry Grodenchik took the stage at [...]

Bayside rallies to save after-school program
Bayside rallies to save after-school program
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 4/11/2013 at 2:39PM

A community rallied in Bayside to save a beloved Beacon program from another year of budget cuts. “This feels like déjà vu. Year in and year out, we have more and more budget cuts,” said Assemblymember Nily Rozic. “We cannot balance budgets on the backs of our students.” The after-school enrichment program at M.S. 158 [...]

Queens pol wants to allow pet pigs in NYC
Queens pol wants to allow pet pigs in NYC
News Alexa Altman 2/20/2013 at 9:58AM

Despite citations, several swine owners are refusing to fork over the pork. State Senator Tony Avella wants to overturn city guidelines prohibiting residents from owning domesticated pigs as pets after constituents squealed for support. “I try to get the city to crack down on illegal construction, illegal contractors where workers have died, where neighboring property [...]

Katz campaign raises over $280,000 in quest for Borough Presidency
Katz campaign raises over $280,000 in quest for Borough Presidency
Politics Terence M. Cullen 1/15/2013 at 3:55PM

Melinda Katz is taking a lead in campaign finances for the borough presidency as her campaign announced the former politician has raised more than $280,000 in the last four months. “I am so appreciative to our hundreds of donors and their support for my candidacy,” Katz said in a statement. “Our fundraising success is a [...]

JFK security workers agree to hold off on strike
JFK security workers agree to hold off on strike
News Maggie Hayes 12/18/2012 at 7:12PM

Travelers headed through John F. Kennedy International Airport can breathe a sigh of relief, as, for now, security workers will remain on the job. Employees of the Air Serv and Global Elite security organizations had voted unanimously to go on strike starting Thursday, December 20, right before the airport’s holiday rush. However, in response, the [...]

Residents march against MLS stadium plans
Residents march against MLS stadium plans
Sports Terence M. Cullen 12/12/2012 at 11:17AM

Less than a week after Major League Soccer (MLS) held meetings on consecutive days regarding its planned stadium for Queens, residents opposed to the project took to the streets to march against it. “Parkland is sacred,” said State Senator Tony Avella. “And it shouldn’t be taken away for a money-making proposition.” Avella, also a candidate [...]