(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella, along with the City Club of New York, Queens Civic Congress, members of Willets Point United Inc., NYC Parks Advocates, and nearby residents/business owners opposed to the “Willets West” mega-mall proposal, announced that the Appellate Division of the First Department issued a historic decision in their favor which will keep parkland public.
(ALBANY, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella announced that he has been named Chair of the Senate Committee on Children and Families. The prestigious committee position, which handles a wide portfolio of bills, was assigned to Senator Avella on Thursday, June 18th.
ALBANY, NY (TIP): State Senator Tony Avella and Assembly Member James Brennan announced, June 17, that their bill to provide a means of nonprofit incorporation for organized groups affiliated with the Hindu, Sikh, and Islamic faiths for legal and tax purposes.
A new Pet Care Instruction bill that would require pet dealers in New York state to provide pet buyers with instructions about small animal care was passed by the Senate on Tuesday and is awaiting action in the Assembly. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Tony Avella, D-Whitestone, and Assemblywomen Linda Rosenthal, D- Manhattan.
The state Senate unanimously passed, minus one abstention, state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) bill that would require the State Liquor Authority to notify community boards when local businesses submit special liquor license permit applications.
The bill specifically applies to special permits that would allow an establishment to sell alcohol outside of normal weekday hours, usually for New Year’s Eve and other holidays.
A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the newly renamed and renovated Tanenbaum Family Pool in Little Neck was held last Thursday, with its benefactors, elected officials and leaders of the Samuel Field Y all joining in the celebration.
Formerly the Deepdale Community Pool, the facility is located across the street from the Y, which renovated it, largely using a donation from the Tanenbaum family, and will operate it.
A state lawmaker from Albany is making another bid to require companies that ship or store Bakken crude oil or tar sands oil — like the railroads and two terminals at the Port of Albany — to put up financial guarantees to cover the multimillion-dollar costs of dealing with spills, fires or explosions.
The New York state Senate has passed a bill that requires the state to establish a uniform standard of measuring and enforcing sex offender residency rules following an I-Team report that revealed a discrepancy in how far from a school offenders can live, the I-Team has learned exclusively.
A group of Korean-American parents in New York is stepping up efforts to ask the state legislature to pass a bill introduced last year that would require school textbooks to include the name "East Sea" when referring to a body of water between Korea and Japan often called the "Sea of Japan."
"It's a common area that does not belong to Japan," Christine Colligan, co-president of the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York, told NBC News.
The Samuel Field Y held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to announce more than $850,000 in renovations and upgrades to the Deepdale Pool Club, which under the care of the Y was renamed the Tanenbaum Family Pool.
Queens state Sen. Tony Avella, who has been pushing a bill to require more disclosure by political consultants, is heaping praise on new guidelines issued by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics that seek to achieve the same goal.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the Bayside Historical Society with a $100,000 grant Thursday. The grant, which was allocated from the recently adopted state budget, is to help cover the nonprofit’s operating expenses.
The award came as a surprise to the historical society, located at the Fort Totten Castle, as Avella worked quietly to recoup state money for programs and organizations he knew were struggling financially.
“I’m very happy to be here as a former president of the Bayside Historical Society many years ago to help the organization to continue its great work, on not only helping to preserve the history of Bayside and their landmark building, but also the cultural work they do for Bayside and the entire borough of Queens,” Avella said.
After watching NY1's report last month about BerlinRosen, a public affairs firm with close ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio, state Senator Tony Avella says he was inspired to act.
"The bill that I'm introducing is called the consulting bill," Avella says.
Avella's legislation would require communications and consulting firms like BerlinRosen to disclose all of their clients.
Jonathan Rosen, who co-founded the firm, is a close adviser to the mayor. At the same time, he also advises clients with business before City Hall. Because he is not a registered lobbyist, he does not have to reveal the clients he represents.
(QUEENS, NY) State Senator Tony Avella announced today that his bill that would allow homeowners to apply for a “green buildings tax credit” unanimously passed the Senate.
The legislation (S.3945) would make “green building tax credits” more accessible to homeowners whose homes have been certified as “green” by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). These tax credits would provide an incentive for more homeowners to build environmentally-friendly houses.
(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella praised New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s decision to deny a contract that would have established a permanent homeless shelter at the former Pan-Am Hotel. In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Avella also formally called on the Mayor to immediately replace City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Gilbert Taylor due to his inaction and inability to take charge of the City’s increasing homelessness and shelter problems.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the Bayside Historical Society with a $100,000 grant Thursday, allocated from the recently adopted state budget, to help cover the nonprofit’s operating expenses.
The award came as a surprise to BHS, located at the Fort Totten Castle, 208 Totten Ave., as Avella worked quietly to recoup state money for programs and organizations he knew were struggling financially.
“I’m very happy to be here as a former president of the Bayside Historical Society many years ago to help the organization to continue its great work, not only helping to preserve the history of Bayside and their landmark building, but also the cultural work they do for Bayside and the entire borough of Queens,” Avella said.
Changes are coming to the Q28 bus route this summer, with additional buses allocated to increase frequency and decrease crowding.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will implement changes to the bus route beginning in late June, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced last week.
The Q28 route, which runs from Main Street in Flushing to Bell Boulevard in Bay Terrace, will be scheduled to run every 3 1/2 minutes during peak morning hours, as opposed to the four-minute increments currently in place.
The MTA estimated the changes will reduce the average bus capacity from 109 percent to 97 percent in the morning.