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Times Ledger: College Point neighbors up in arms against commercial businesses

Some College Point neighbors have had it with several commercial businesses that took over a street by using the sidewalk to pile up construction materials and debris.

October 28, 2014
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Queens Tribune: Neighborhood leaders protest ICCC proposal

Community leaders came together in Bellerose to protest an ongoing proposed development on the Creedmoor campus. The organization behind the project, the Indian Cultural Community Center, was accused of lying about the project’s details to get permission to purchase the land.

October 24, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: Diplomacy officially dead in ICCC dispute

In 2013, the state Inspector General’s Office used terms such as “disingenuous” when describing the process by which the Indian Cultural and Community Center obtained state land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital campus.

On Tuesday, opponents of the proposed four-story apartment complex used terms including “fraudulent” and “lie” in discussing the ICCC’s acquisition of the property and its ongoing hearings before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.

The harshest words yet for the project came at a press conference at the spot where 82nd Street in Bellerose ends at an emergency access gate to the Creedmoor property, a gathering that included more than a dozen civic leaders and neighborhood residents.

October 24, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: Property takeover angers residents

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was joined last Friday afternoon by concerned area residents across the street from the College Point Corporate Park, where he announced that the Department of Sanitation had issued summonses to several businesses that he said have taken over streets and sidewalks. He called on the city to take further action against them unless the situation is rectified.

Avella said he first noticed the unlawful activity during the Memorial Day Parade.

“All these businesses just decided, ‘We’re taking over this property,’” he said. “Clearly illegal.”

October 24, 2014
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TimesLedger: Community leaders ask BSA to deny development to Indian cultural group

Now that another city Board of Standards and Appeals hearing is nearing, opposition is mounting again against plans by the Indian Cultural and Community Center to break ground in Bellerose to construct a four-story building on the site of the Creedmoor Psychiatric facility campus.

October 24, 2014
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TimesLedger: Jamaica Hills teen crowned

Benjamin Cardozo High School graduate Lauren Schwartzberg was crowned 2014 National America Miss New York Teen.

A Jamaica Hills resident, Schwartzberg, 18, will represent New York State for the national title in Hollywood next month.

October 22, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: Scout's Honor

John Kundmueller was honored Friday by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for attaining the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. Avella presented him with a Senate proclamation to commemorate the achievement.

Kundmueller is a member of Boy Scout Troop 75 in Flushing and has been a Scout for 10 years. He started out as a member of Cub Scout Park 75 and his father is a committee member for the troop.

October 17, 2014
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TimesLedger: College Point trucking company given till end of October to clear out

The city said a College Point trucking company, which residents have complained has kept them up at night and spewed pollution into their neighborhood for years, must close its doors at a secondary site by the end of October.

October 17, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: LIRR station gets repairs

In response to a complaint about the disrepair at the Auburndale Long Island Rail Road Station, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Monday that it is receiving much-needed attention.

October 16, 2014
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New York Daily News: Queens lawmaker files FAA complaint after airplane noise hits ear-splitting levels

State Sen. Tony Avella said the Port Authority and Federal Aviation Administration need to change airplanes and routes to ease excessive noise over parts of Queens. The sound of some recent flights exceeded 90 decibels.

 

October 16, 2014
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Senator Avella Honors Famee Furlane of N.A. Club

State Senator Tony Avella attended the 85th Anniversary of Famee Furlane of N.A. Club, the first fogolar furlane, or cultural club, and meeting place for descendents of Friulan immigrants.

October 10, 2014
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Senator Avella Honors Eagle Scout

Today, State Senator Tony Avella was pleased to honor John Kundmueller on the occassion of attaining the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout.

Senator Avella presented John with a Senate Proclamation commemorating his achievement of reaching the rank of Eagle Scout.

 

October 10, 2014
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR TONY AVELLA ON FORMATION OF CONGRESSIONAL QUIET SKIES CAUCUS

“For too long the residents of Queens have had to rely on the efforts of local officials to resolve what must be addressed on a federal level. While I am proud of the significant progress we have made, such as the development of the first aviation roundtable seeking to represent major New York City Metropolitan airports, there has been a strong need for the federal government to take a more aggressive role. I am glad to see these first steps being taken. However, the Quiet Skies Caucus can’t just be for show.

October 3, 2014
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Ted Hinz is Mr. Bayside

Architect Ted Hinz, center, was honored by the Bayside Historical Society and the state on Saturday as Mr. Bayside during Bayside Day at Fort Totten.

BHS President Paul DiBenedetto, left, said his group paid tribute to Hinz, who was one of the founders of the historical group 50 years ago, was instrumental in restoring the BHS headquarters and creating PS 41.

October 3, 2014
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Senator Avella Attends the 109th Precinct's Family Fun Day

From left to right: Senator Tony Avella, Chrissy Voskerichian, president of the 109th Community Council, and Captain Thomas Conforti

September 27, 2014
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SENATOR TONY AVELLA STANDS AGAINST HYDROFRACKING IN PEOPLE'S CLIMATE MARCH

(Queens, NY) Sunday, State Sen. Tony Avella joined Catskill Mountainkeeper and other "fracktivist" groups at the People's Climate March. 

 

September 22, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA AND BAYSIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCE FUNDING ALLOCATION

(Bayside, Queens) On SundaySenator Avella was joined by members of the Bayside Historical Society (BHS) to announce a $50,000 State funding allocation to the group for building upgrades and the preservation of the historical Lawrence Cemetery.

 

September 1, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA ALLOCATES $200,000 FOR CUNNINGHAM PARK

Funds will be used to provide shade over the existing Bocce Court

 

(Bayside, Queens), Today, State Senator Tony Avella was glad to announce a $200,000 funding allocation to the City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to be used for the installation of an awning over the existing Bocce Court in Cunningham Park.

 

August 30, 2014
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CLEAN IT UP! ~ Senator Avella rallies against unsightly conditions inside Shopping Plaza in Flushing

On Thursday, Senator Tony Avella joined Mitchell Linden residents at a press conference calling on the owners to immediately clean up the Pathmark Shopping Center located along the Whitestone Expressway Service Road in College Point. 

August 29, 2014
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Avella calls for street reconstruction in College Point

Ulmer Street in College Point has a new “Speed Bump” sign, but State Senator Tony Avella is calling the city’s bluff.“It’s not a speed bump,” he said last week, “it’s that the road is collapsing!”

August 21, 2014
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