On October 19th, 2012 Senator Tony Avella was honored at the Italian American Labor Council’s 71st Anniversary Four Freedoms Dinner Dance. Senator Avella received the Geraldine Ferrara Legislative Achievement Award from the Italian American Labor Council “in recognition of his drive, dedication and commitment to the people which he serves.”
On October 3rd, 2012 the New York City Retired Transit Police Officers’ Association honored Senator Tony Avella at their annual membership meeting. Ed Russo, president of the association, presented Senator Avella with a plaque “in recognition and appreciation of your dedication and continued support of the men and women of law enforcement.”
Most tennis fans can only dream about receiving the kind of thick, cream-colored invitation that State Senator Tony Avella of Queens got recently in the mail. The United States Tennis Association was pleased to invite him and a guest to view this year’s tennis championships, which begin Aug. 27. They could sit in the President’s Suite. They could pick “one session of your choice” during the first week. This is tennis at its best, viewed from the best seats in Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The rising price of gas is no secret ?for city drivers, according to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
Avella held a news conference outside a Flushing service station Friday to announce legislation he introduced, which includes a city-imposed flat tax on gasoline and diesel fuels.
“As we all cry out in pain over the rapid increase of gas prices the past few months, the city is quietly sitting back and collecting an unfair and undeserved surge in revenue,” Avella said. “Not only are consumers being gouged by the base price of oil, but they are also being gouged by the city collecting a percentage rate.”
NEW YORK—Officials and environmental advocacy groups joined together on Wednesday to call for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as the comment period for fracking rules, the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) revised draft of the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS), comes to an end.
Throughout the public comment period, New Yorkers have consistently opposed the fracking rules. A Freedom of Information Law request to the DEC revealed that all comments from opponents outnumbered those by supporters by at least a 10-to-1 margin.
The city Department of Transportation (DOT) has a great citizen-friendly street-care-repair policy—if you report that the curb in front of your home needs fixing, the report will be entered into its database and will be repaired in the order in which it was called in.
Problem is, according to state Senator Tony Avella (D–Northeast Queens), at least in the Bellerose section of his district, the DOT has a 23-year backlog on repairing reported broken curbs.
Now Avella has joined with frustrated homeowners to accelerate their curb repair program.