Tony Avella's Press releases

SENATOR AVELLA ANNOUNCES TAX RELIEF PROGRAM FOR RENTERS, SMALL HOMEOWNERS, AND CO-OP AND CONDO OWNERS

 

(Bayside, Queens) Today, State Senator Tony Avella officially announced the inclusion of a tax relief program for small homeowners, renters, and co-op and condo owners in this year’s State Budget.

The original proposal entailed tax relief solely for New York renters but Senator Avella successfully advocated to expand the income tax credit by introducing State Legislation to include small homeowners in the City of New York, which also includes condominiums and cooperative owners.

April 17, 2014
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Statement by Senator Avella on the Ferry Crash in South Korea

I was extremely saddened to hear the news of the tragic ship accident that occurred this morning in South Korea.  The ship was carrying hundreds of people, mainly young school children, and my thoughts are with their parents right now.  I sincerely hope all the missing will be found alive and safely returned to their loved ones. I also extend my deepest sympathy to the victims and their family members.

April 16, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA SAVES ADDITIONAL SENIOR CENTER FROM CLOSURE

Avella secured an additional $100,000 in funding as part of the State Executive Budget

April 16, 2014
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AVELLA TO INTRODUCE BILL REFORMING THE QUEENS PUBLIC LIBRARY

The bill will aim to strengthen oversight and promote transparency

April 14, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA ANNOUNCES NEW TRAFFIC CONTROLS IN QUEENS VILLAGE

(Bayside, Queens) State Senator Tony Avella was glad to announce today that the Department of Transportation (DOT) finally approved his long standing request for the installation of an “All Way” stop at the intersection of Vanderveer Street and 89th Avenue in Queens Village.

April 11, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA ANNOUNCES COLLEGIATE SCHOLARSHIPS

BAYSIDE, NY – Today, Senator Avella announced that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,000 scholarships to be awarded on June 9th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. 

April 9, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA ANNOUNCES FUNDING ALLOCATION FOR MTA BUS RESTORATION STUDY

The funds appropriation for the study, which totals $500,000, was allocated by Senator Avella aspart of the State Executive Budget

April 3, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA CONTINUES TO URGE Q. LIBRARY EXEC TO RESIGN

(Bayside, Queens) Senator Avella continues to strongly urge the Queens Library President and CEO Tom Galante to resign or be let go from his position following the controversy surrounding his excessive yearly salary, questionable outside employment and outrageous office renovations which has prompted a City Council hearing, a city audit, and press reports of investigations by the FBI, US Attorney and City Department of Investigations.

April 1, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA PRAISES ON-TIME BUDGET PASSED IN ALBANY

Budget delivers on variety of promises made by Senator Avella to students, parents, middle class families and senior citizens State-wide

April 1, 2014
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STATEMENT BY STATE SENATOR TONY AVELLA ON TODAY’S PASSAGE OF THE STATE BUDGET

Senator Tony Avella stated, “The budget which was passed today is the budget of filled promises and accomplished goals.

March 31, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA LAUDS BOROUGH PRESIDENT’S BUDGET PRIORITY TO SPLIT LOCAL PRECINCT

Avella is a long time advocate for the split of the 105th Police Precinct, dating back to his days in the City Council

March 25, 2014
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CUNY Law Students Advocate in Albany for Important Social Policy Reform

On March 12, 2014, students from CUNY Law’s Economic Justice Project (EJP) joined forces with Hunter College’s Welfare Rights Initiative (WRI) and the Empire State Economic Security Campaign (ES2), a statewide coalition of more than 200 social service providers, faith-based groups, and concerned citizens, to educate New York State legislators on several important social initiatives including access to quality education, affordable healthcare and housing, a healthy environment, living wage, and stronger safety net programs.

March 25, 2014
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AVELLA APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO FOR DIRECTING PORT AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT NOISE STUDIES AND ESTABLISH COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE TO ADDRESS INCREASE IN AIRPLANE NOISE OVER QUEENS

(BAYSIDE, Queens) Senator Tony Avella applauded Governor Cuomo’s decision today to once again direct the Port Authority to  double the number of noise monitors, establish aviation community roundtables and conduct extensive studies of noise issues for residents of Queens, the Bronx and Nassau.

March 24, 2014
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WEEKLY LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: SENATOR AVELLA AND SENATE COLLEAGUES PASS SERIES OF LEGISLATION INCREASING PUBLIC SAFETY AND TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) – State Senator Tony Avella is the co-sponsor of seven bills (S1443, S4322, S1905, S3046, S1516A, S1480, S2455) which have passed the Senate in the last ten days. This legislative series would address a number of issues within New York State, including transparency in government and protections for public safety. 

March 24, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA HOSTS AWARDS CEREMONY FOR LOCAL SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

(Bayside, Queens) Senator Tony Avella hosted an awards ceremony today for six students chosen as winners for this year’s School Essay Contest.  The contest, initiated by the Senator and titled “What are your suggestions for the new Mayor,” was open to students of all grades in order to create more student involvement and awareness in the governmental process as well as their community.

March 21, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA PROTESTS UPCOMING CROW HUNTING CONTEST

(ALBANY, NY) In continuing to advocate for the welfare of all animal species in New York State, Senator Tony Avella came out against the upcoming “Crow Down” hunting contest being hosted on March 29th in Palenville, NY. The contest, which awards prizes for crows killed, does not have a bag limit and does not require the use of non-toxic shots, raising significant concerns of inhumane killings.

March 20, 2014
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AVELLA’S SENIOR CITIZEN DMV DISCOUNT INCLUDED IN SENATE BUDGET RESOLUTION

(ALBANY, NEW YORK) Senator Tony Avella was extremely pleased to announce today that his long-standing proposal to provide a discount to Senior Citizens at the Department of Motor Vehicles has been included as part of this year’s Senate One-House Budget Resolution. 

March 14, 2014
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MUTE SWANS ARE STILL IN DANGER

Senator Avella, Friends of Animal, and League of Humane Voters hold a press conference on fate of the majestic birds

March 12, 2014
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SENATE PASSES AVELLA SEXUAL PREDATOR BILL

This time, allowing the Assembly plenty of time to pass the bill prior to end of session

March 12, 2014
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FYI: SENATOR AVELLA SHARES TWO OP-ED ARTICLES DEFENDING THE INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE

The Democrats in the Senate minority are no truer Democrats than those in the IDC. Just because the members of the IDC have determined that it is in the best interest of their constituents (and themselves) to share power with the Republicans, does not make them any less principled or worthy of carrying their party’s standard. 

March 11, 2014
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