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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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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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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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Avella gets school grant

A new $705,000 in state funding for specialized after-school programs was announced Monday by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).

The yearlong program will be administered by Project BOOST, which targets students who have shown academic talent but are not provided after-school programs. The goal is to help youngsters gain admission to top high schools and colleges.

July 17, 2014
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Chapin Home for the Aging Celebrates 14 Centennial Residents

On Friday, June 27, Chapin Home for the Aging in Jamaica inducted into their “Century Club” 14 residents: Thirteen are 100 plus and one almost there at 99. These residents, families and friends were treated to an afternoon of celebration receiving proclamations hand-delivered by NY state Sen. Tony Avella who gave a spirited speech on what the celebrants have meant to our city and state.

July 1, 2014
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PS 26 gets major funds for work

PS 26 in Fresh Meadows will be a lot cooler soon thanks to a $200,000 state allocation.

Members of the PTA and school staff gathered at the school last week for notification of the funding, allocated by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Principal Dina Koski said the school has been seeking money for repairs and electrical upgrades for up to 15 years.

June 5, 2014
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Avella dedicates May to Korean families

Representatives from Queens’ Korean organizations gathered in Bayside last week to welcome a proclamation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially declaring May as Korean-American Family Month in New York state.

June 2, 2014
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Bills would pull the plug on water rates: Measures in Albany by Avella, Weprin would eliminate ‘minimum charge’

Seniors and other New York City residents with low water use could get a break on their water and sewer bills if measures proposed by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) pass in the legislature.

The bills would let the city charge users only for the water they use, and eliminate the current minimum charge for water of 49 cents a day that all must pay no matter how low their usage might be.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Sharpens Albany's Focus On Environment

This winter, Sen. Tony Avella (11th District, Queens) was named Vice Chair of the Senate's Committee on Environmental Conservation. This newly created post will give him the unique opportunity to help shape the Legislature's environmental agenda.

May 1, 2014
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Building height angers residents: Little Neck neighbors and officials say addition creates an eyesore

The wall is up, the people are angry, and, according to state Sen. Tony Avella, “a stop work is going into effect.”

April 24, 2014
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Willets protesters go marching one by one: State senator and park advocates call for end to selling of parkland

Not even the roaring of the elevated No. 7 line could silence the anger of the Willets Point mall protesters as they marched down Roosevelt Avenue in Corona to Citi Field Saturday afternoon. Around 40 protesters stopped near a parking lot where the proposed mall would be built.

March 27, 2014
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State Sen. Avella Joins Activists At Rally For Flushing Meadows Park Land

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — State Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined residents and community activists on Saturday, at a rally to take back the parkland of Flushing Meadows. 

March 24, 2014
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