(Queens, New York) Today, State Senator Tony Avella presented a check for $575,000 of allocated funding for the renovation of MacNeil Park in College Point. The Senator was joined by members of the College Point Civic and Taxpayer Association, and other community leaders and residents of College Point.
(Queens, New York) Today, August 24th, the Department of Health will be spraying pesticides to reduce mosquitoe populations and the risk of contracting West Nile Virus. The spraying will occur between the hours of 8:30 PM Monday evening and 6:00 AM the following morning. It is advised for residents of the affected communities to stay indoors or reduce exposure.
The following neighborhoods will be sprayed: Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, College Point, Flushing, Linden Hill, Malba, Murray Hill, Whitestone and parts of Auburndale.
Please reference the attatched documents for further information and recommendations made by the Department of Health's advisory.
(Queens, New York) Today, August 21st, Senator Avella presented a check for $150,000 to the Parks and Recreations Department for the construction of a Glen Oaks Health & Wellness Course. The Senator presented the check to Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich, who had suggested the project. Senator Avella and Mr. Friedrich were joined by local community members at the Glen Oaks Oval Park, the proposed location for the Health & Wellness course.
(New York) U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, State Senator Tony Avella, and Assembly Member Michael Simanowitz urged Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Huerta to help address prevalent noise pollution caused by heavy helicopter traffic throughout Northeast Queens, including Whitestone and Malba Garde
"To capture the legacy of Frank Skala and his contribution to Bayside Queens would require more than several sentences could possibly allow. One need not enumerate the myriad of ways in which Frank made his community a better place – a simple conversation with anyone who knew this great man would sufficiently convey the level of respect with which he was held. Frank was an entrepreneur, a teacher, an activist, a philanthropist, and a local leader. More than that, he was a dedicated father, husband and a dear friend.
(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella, along with the City Club of New York, Queens Civic Congress, members of Willets Point United Inc., NYC Parks Advocates, and nearby residents/business owners opposed to the “Willets West” mega-mall proposal, announced that the Appellate Division of the First Department issued a historic decision in their favor which will keep parkland public.
(ALBANY, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella announced that he has been named Chair of the Senate Committee on Children and Families. The prestigious committee position, which handles a wide portfolio of bills, was assigned to Senator Avella on Thursday, June 18th.
ALBANY, NY (TIP): State Senator Tony Avella and Assembly Member James Brennan announced, June 17, that their bill to provide a means of nonprofit incorporation for organized groups affiliated with the Hindu, Sikh, and Islamic faiths for legal and tax purposes.
A new Pet Care Instruction bill that would require pet dealers in New York state to provide pet buyers with instructions about small animal care was passed by the Senate on Tuesday and is awaiting action in the Assembly. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Tony Avella, D-Whitestone, and Assemblywomen Linda Rosenthal, D- Manhattan.
The state Senate unanimously passed, minus one abstention, state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) bill that would require the State Liquor Authority to notify community boards when local businesses submit special liquor license permit applications.
The bill specifically applies to special permits that would allow an establishment to sell alcohol outside of normal weekday hours, usually for New Year’s Eve and other holidays.
A state lawmaker from Albany is making another bid to require companies that ship or store Bakken crude oil or tar sands oil — like the railroads and two terminals at the Port of Albany — to put up financial guarantees to cover the multimillion-dollar costs of dealing with spills, fires or explosions.
The New York state Senate has passed a bill that requires the state to establish a uniform standard of measuring and enforcing sex offender residency rules following an I-Team report that revealed a discrepancy in how far from a school offenders can live, the I-Team has learned exclusively.
A group of Korean-American parents in New York is stepping up efforts to ask the state legislature to pass a bill introduced last year that would require school textbooks to include the name "East Sea" when referring to a body of water between Korea and Japan often called the "Sea of Japan."
"It's a common area that does not belong to Japan," Christine Colligan, co-president of the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York, told NBC News.
The Samuel Field Y held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to announce more than $850,000 in renovations and upgrades to the Deepdale Pool Club, which under the care of the Y was renamed the Tanenbaum Family Pool.
Queens state Sen. Tony Avella, who has been pushing a bill to require more disclosure by political consultants, is heaping praise on new guidelines issued by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics that seek to achieve the same goal.
(QUEENS, NY) State Senator Tony Avella announced today that his bill that would allow homeowners to apply for a “green buildings tax credit” unanimously passed the Senate.
The legislation (S.3945) would make “green building tax credits” more accessible to homeowners whose homes have been certified as “green” by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). These tax credits would provide an incentive for more homeowners to build environmentally-friendly houses.
(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella praised New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s decision to deny a contract that would have established a permanent homeless shelter at the former Pan-Am Hotel. In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Avella also formally called on the Mayor to immediately replace City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) Commissioner Gilbert Taylor due to his inaction and inability to take charge of the City’s increasing homelessness and shelter problems.