ALBANY—In light of a report that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has met with a political consultant and campaign strategist who also represents organizations that lobby City Hall, State Senator Tony Avella has introduced a bill that would bar lobbyists from also being political consultants.
“If you're a lobbyist, you can't be a campaign consultant because there's an inherent conflict of interest when you have people who are running elected officials' campaigns and then representing clients who are lobbying that same legislator,” Avella, a Queens Democrat, told Capital.
Legislation has been introduced in New York that would ban the import, possession, sale or transportation of the remains of five endangered species native to Africa.
State Sen. Tony Avella was joined Wednesday by animal rights advocates on the steps of City Hall to announce the bill, which covers elephants, leopards, lions, black rhinoceroses and white rhinoceroses.
All five species are currently facing extinction and are further threatened by illegal poaching and sport hunting, advocates said.
“We’re supposed to be the stewards of these species and shame on us if we allow them to become extinct because of sport hunting,” Sen. Avella told 1010 WINS.
State Senator Tony Avella, a Queens Democrat, said today he will push legislation that would require disclosure for all political consulting firms that have “substantial contact” with both elected officials and other clients.
Community leaders are up in arms about the city’s plans to update existing zoning regulations to accommodate its affordable housing goals, which they say will undo more than a decade of progress in zoning.
In May, the city released the Housing New York plan, which identified the need for 200,000 affordable housing units over the next decade.
Among the issues identified in the plan is the need to upgrade outdated zoning regulations that impede the production of affordable housing, according to the city Department of City Planning.
“Certain units may be too large at the moment,” said city planner Stephen Everett.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation last week to launch an investigation into levels of formaldehyde found in some Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators.
Winter may be coming to an end, but state Sen. Tony Avella isn’t planning a warm welcome for anyone who purchases a controversial site in Whitestone if they plan on overdeveloping the property or building something that doesn’t comply with zoning.
The large property, which comprises six acres of vacant land near the intersection of 150th Street and Fifth Avenue, will be up for sale on April 10 in an auction. The site was part of the former Cresthaven Country Club and then was owned by real estate firm Whitestone Jewels LLC, but has been in foreclosure since 2007.
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.
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.
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.”
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.