Tony Avella

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 [...]

Vallone officially announces borough president bid
Vallone officially announces borough president bid
News Alexa Altman 12/11/2012 at 7:25PM

Councilmember Peter Vallone’s holiday surprise wasn’t all that surprising. Vallone announced his bid for Queens borough president at his father’s annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 11, surrounded by friends and family. Throughout the year, rumors have swirled about the Astoria councilmember’s potential run for Borough President Helen Marshall’s soon-to-be-empty seat. However, Vallone never officially [...]

Legislature leaves co-op, condo owners in the lurch
News Melissa Chan 11/29/2012 at 2:00PM

City co-op and condo owners may have to ante up more in taxes after lawmakers said the state Legislature may not reconvene this year to pass promised relief. “We had hoped the Legislature would meet and pass the annual abatement. It looks like we’re not going back,” said State Senator Tony Avella. “It’s going to [...]

Avella announces borough president run
Avella announces borough president run
News Melissa Chan 11/28/2012 at 8:47AM

A northeast Queens legislator has joined the large circle of Democrats vying for next year’s borough presidency. State Senator Tony Avella, 61, announced he will run to replace outgoing Borough President Helen Marshall. “I think Queens needs a voice, and I don’t think we’ve had that,” said Avella, who won re-election to his Senate seat [...]

Bank cleared to clean lot
Bank cleared to clean lot
News Melissa Chan 11/16/2012 at 1:52PM

A major bank has been granted legal permission to clean and maintain an abandoned six-acre lot in Whitestone, which neighbors say has become a hotbed for wild animals and overgrown weeds. The undeveloped 150-33 6th Avenue site has been neglected for more than a year, according to the site’s next door neighbor, Artie McCrossen. It [...]

Pol red over lack of Greenstreets
Pol red over lack of Greenstreets
News Melissa Chan 10/17/2012 at 12:48PM

A state senator scolded the city for making changes to a green program that has left some turf in his district deserted. Unused road areas have been turned into leafy green spaces since 1996, under the city Department of Parks and Recreation’s Greenstreets program, but now only pieces of land in flood-prone areas are being [...]

Pol: Trees at root of flooding problem
Pol: Trees at root of flooding problem
News Melissa Chan 8/23/2012 at 7:30AM

A local legislator lambasted the city for turning a blind eye to Queens homeowners tangled in sidewalk tree root problems. The roots, which stretch out underground and penetrate through residential main sewer and water lines at least once a year, cause basement flooding and constant sewage backup, said State Senator Tony Avella. But the city’s [...]

Little Bay Park comfort station back on track
Little Bay Park comfort station back on track
News Melissa Chan 7/19/2012 at 8:53AM

Long-delayed plans to construct a comfort station at Bayside’s Little Bay Park are back on track after seven years of derailment, officials said. The bidding process for the capital project has begun and will last until July 31, said a spokesperson for the city’s Parks Department. While the spokesperson said a construction time line will [...]

Little Bay Park project stall is little ‘comfort’
Little Bay Park project stall is little ‘comfort’
News Michael Pantelidis 11/30/2011 at 4:00PM

Bayside elected officials and community leaders are campaigning for relief for visitors of Little Bay Park and hoping that millions of dollars in funding hasn’t been flushed by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Senator Tony Avella united with Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, and residents of the Bayside community on [...]