Tony Avella's News items

Times Ledger - Avella calls for better benefits for non-uniform 9/11 respondents

Glen Oaks resident Arthur Syken was one of the thousands of first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The New York State Division of Housing employee did not hesitate when the agency needed volunteers “to go downtown.” The very next day, he was working at Battery Park City, not far from the epicenter of the attacks. He was there until mid-winter helping displaced people find a place to stay and giving out information from other city and state agencies.

“I saw a lot of sad things,” he said “Unfortunately, I got sick.”

He is suffering from thyroid cancer and has lost 40 percent of his lung capacity.

December 8, 2014
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Queens Chronicle - College Pt. street cleared

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) reports improved conditions on a College Point street that was littered with industrial parts and construction material.

Since bringing it to the public’s attentiion last month, the area around 124th Street and 28th Avenue has been cleared.

December 8, 2014
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Times Ledger - Avella calls on state to reject tax incentives for Willets Point developers

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has called on the state Department of Conservation to reject an application by the developers of Willets Point for millions of dollars in tax credits.

December 8, 2014
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Times Ledger - Homeowners want to put end to unsolicited real estate offers

They want the phone calls, the mail and the notes at the door to stop.

Homeowners in Queens are tired of receiving unsolicited offers to sell their homes from real estate agents, a headache that started in 2009 when the borough was no longer designated a “cease and desist” area, which allowed residents to be included in an “opt-out” list from getting these solicitations.

“We must have this protection and opt out,” said Ken Winslow, who lived in Jamaica Estates for the past 47 years. “This is just not proper.”

To tackle this problem, property owners reached out to state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who promised to introduce legislation next January to put an end to the unwanted real estate solicitations.

December 8, 2014
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State Senate Resolutions Honor Six War Veterans

NY1 VIDEO: State Senator Tony Avella held a ceremony Monday honoring six Vietnam and Korean War veterans with New York State Senate resolutions. - See more at: http://queens.ny1.com/content/news/218719/state-senate-resolutions-honor...

November 25, 2014
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CBS 2 News: Flushing Commons Construction Causes Traffic, Pedestrian Pains

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Flushing Commons will eventually bring open space, housing and retail to downtown Flushing, but right now, construction is creating a problem for pedestrians and drivers alike.

November 25, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: Avella honors veterans

 

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) commemorated Veterans Day by honoring six Queens residents for their service during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

“We must never forget the courage and sacrifice of those who have served our great country. It is through their dedication that the ideals of democracy are protected at home throughout the world,” Avella said. “Their commitment and valor is the embodiment of patriotism, and these veterans have each earned our highest respect.”

November 14, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: Avella decries DEC plan

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling on the state Department of Environmental Conservation to deny the Queens Development Group’s application for Brownfield Cleanup Program tax credits on its Willets Point Phase One property.About a year ago, the QDG entered a contract with the city Economic Development Corp., which requires the QDG to clean up the property. As part of the plan, the developer received a capital grant commitment of taxpayer funds for $99 million, of which $40 million is intended to pay the cleanup costs.

November 14, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: Cease and desist bill set for Albany - Avella wants entire borough of Queens included in updated list

Realtors beware. If state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has his way, real estate solicitations may become a thing of the past in Queens.

Avella announced on Monday that he will introduce a bill in Albany to add the entire borough to the cease and desist list, which will allow all Queens residents to opt out of receiving unwanted real estate calls, mailings and ads.

Under the present state law, only certain neighborhoods deemed eligible by the state can qualify as cease and desist areas. Residents must show excessive distribution of real estate solicitations to qualify.

November 14, 2014
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Times Ledger: Borough War Veterans Honored

Borough war veterans were honored in different ceremonies to recognize their service to the United States.

Three Korean War veterans and three Vietnam War veterans were honored by state Sen. Tony Avella (D_Bayside) a day before Veterans Day for their “outstanding service and contribution” to the United States.

November 14, 2014
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A Vote Yes on Proposal 1 is a Vote for Fairness

This November voters around the state have the chance to take back their democracy by voting for Proposal 1, an amendment to the state constitution that will be a first step in reforming the redistricting process. With each passing year, our state legislature seems to grow more polarized, stalling the passage of common sense bills. Raising the minimum wage and achieving equal rights for women should not be held-up in what has become a stalemate legislature.

November 3, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: Avella blames DOT for traffic dangers

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and community leaders are pressing the Department of Transportation to improve traffic safety in Downtown Flushing.A small group of representatives of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce, the Korean-American Grocers Association of New York and South Asian communities joined Avella Tuesday morning at the busy corner of Union Street and 39th Avenue to highlight the area’s traffic chaos.They were directly across from the five-acre construction site transforming Municipal Parking Lot 1 into Flushing Commons.

October 31, 2014
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Queens Tribune: Residents Rail Against Biz Sidewalk Occupation

If you drive down 28th Avenue in College Point, you will pass by what looks like a business’ storage yard. Dozens of cinderblocks and several steel beams sit on the pavement. It is only on closer inspection that you would see that this is not a part of the business’ property. It is 124th Street.

October 31, 2014
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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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