Tony Avella's News items

Avella Presents State Proclamation to Zion Episcopal's Retiring Rector

State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, honored the long-time rector at Douglaston’s Zion Episcopal Church last weekend following the recent announcement that he planned to retire.

The church, located at 243-01 Northern Blvd. in Douglaston, held a reception on July 23 to honor Rev. Patrick Holtkamp, who has served as rector since 1992.

Avella presented the rector with a state Senate proclamation to recognize his years of dedication to northeast Queens.

Holtkamp was born in St. Louis, but moved to New York City with his wife, Elizabeth, and two daughters in 1982.

January 9, 2012
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Fed. study may aid ‘Deadman’s Curve’

After three fatal accidents on the Cross Island Parkway and repeated calls for safety improvements, the Federal Highway Administration has indicated it’s studying possible changes to the design of the roadway’s guardrails.

The plan was announced last week by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who has been calling for changes since 2006. Avella got involved that year when he was a city councilman after 24-year-old motorcyclist Eric Arsenault crashed into a guardrail on the parkway and was killed.

The accident site is known as “Deadman’s Curve” and is near Exit 36S toward the southbound Whitestone Expressway. The area dips down quickly around the bend and at night foliage hides the upcoming barrier created by the nearby overpass.

January 9, 2012
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January 5, 2012
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Avella Bill seeks to keep ‘millionaires tax’ through 2012

By Adam Sichko

The pesky “millionaires tax” just won’t go away.

January 5, 2012
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Avella Pushes Legislation for Swifter Sex Offender Risk Assessment

By Lauren Evans

The Senate voted 60-1 on a measure that would speed up the risk assessment of convicted sex offenders.

January 4, 2012
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State Senator Calls for Horse-Drawn Carriage Ban

By Ivan Pentchoukov

NEW YORK—State Sen. Tony Avella joined members of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages at the Grand Army Plaza on Fifth Avenue and Central Park South on Sunday to advocate for a horse-drawn carriage ban in light of a recent New York City incident.

January 4, 2012
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Students’ posters aim to erase graffiti

Senator Tony Avella is aiming to erase any thoughts of vandalism from the minds of the students in his district – and paint them a clear anti-graffiti picture.

The senator joined representatives from the Bayside Business Association (BBA) and students from across northeast Queens on December 15 for his first annual Anti-Graffiti Poster Contest.

January 4, 2012
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Dangerous Glen Oaks Intersection to be made safer

After touring M.S. 172 in May, Senator Tony Avella learned of dangerous traffic conditions in front of the school on 257th Street. The senator then urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to get involved. The DOT conducted a traffic analysis of the area over the summer and recently announced plans to install “All-Way Stop” controls at the intersection of 257th Street and 81st Avenue. The DOT also said they will advise the commanding officer of the 105th Precinct to monitor for vehicles that double park at the intersection of 257th Street and 82nd Avenues.

January 4, 2012
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Avella, residents demand DOT repair broken curbs

Queens residents have had their hopes for safe sidewalks curbed by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Senator Tony Avella recently united with perturbed residents from northern and eastern Queens – who have suffered with broken curbs in front of their homes for years – to demand the DOT “accelerate” their sidewalk repair program.

January 4, 2012
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City turned its back on Jamaica HS students

 By Anna Gustafson Senior Editor Queens Chronicle

Under the shadow of the imposing Jamaica High School building, the afternoon sunlight bouncing off massive arched doors that once welcomed students to one of the city’s most highly reputable educational institutions, pupils, teachers and legislators this week slammed the mayor and chancellor for brushing them what they said amounted to educational “crumbs” while giving others fine dining.

January 4, 2012
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Indian center told to divulge info

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge last week gave the embattled Indian Cultural and Community Center one month to supply the state inspector general with information about the investors who helped purchase part of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus in Bellerose for $1.8 million in 2008.

The nonprofit ICCC purchased property, which was later assessed at $7.3 million, from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York under the condition that it would be used solely as a community center.

According to court documents, this term was later modified to permit, under certain conditions, different uses 10 years later, with an additional payment of $1.7 million to the DASNY.

January 3, 2012
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Eyesore property is target of civic North East Flushing group works with Sen. Avella to remove blight

Thursday, December 29, 2011 

An abandoned Flushing property has everything in it including the kitchen sink, and one civic association is fed up.

January 3, 2012
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State Sen. Tony Avella slams city DOT for failing to fix hazardous cracked curbs City told one Queens woman there is a 23-year wait for new curbs

Some Queens homeowners, whose streets are marred by unsightly and potentially dangerous cracked curbs, say the city is ignoring their pleas for help.

“I have been calling and calling the city for years,” said Caroline Vereline, a Bellerose resident. “One time they told me they were 23 years behind schedule.”

January 3, 2012
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