Tony Avella's Press releases

Release: Avella Announces Collegiate Scholarships

(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella announced that applications are now being accepted by the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators for four available 2015 scholarships.

March 27, 2015
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Statement from Senator Tony Avella on DCP's Proposed Zoning Changes

“As the former Chair of Zoning and Franchises, I worked hard, along with my colleagues, community boards and civic groups throughout the city, to rezone as well as create new zoning laws to preserve the residential character of our many unique neighborhoods. 

The changes proposed by the Department of City Planning now pose a serious threat to those efforts which took years, and in some cases decades, to achieve. It is outrageous that the City now wants to undo all of those efforts and destroy the quality of life in these communities.

It is no secret that there is an ever-increasing need for senior and affordable housing in New York City, but weakening the zoning protections citywide is not the solution to this problem.

March 26, 2015
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Release: Avella Calls on MTA to Reopen 3rd Avenue Exit on Whitestone Expressway

(QUEENS, NY) Today, in a letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) State Senator Tony Avella criticized the agency for continuing to delay the opening of the 3rd Avenue exit of the Whitestone Expressway.

March 25, 2015
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Release: Avella Obtains Pre-K Information Booklets

(QUEENS, NY) With Pre-K signups now underway across the City, State Senator Tony Avella announced today that  his District Office has a limited number of information booklets containing details about the enrollment process as well as a directory of schools in Queens.

The directories, provided by the New York City Department of Education, contain more than 100 pages of important information about how and where to enroll your child in Pre-K. The booklets include details – such as location, contact information, school features and number of available seats – for every Pre-K site in Queens, broken down by education district. Each pamphlet also contains one application along with instructions on how to properly complete it.

March 23, 2015
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Release: Avella Introduces Bill to Establish State Nursing Scholarship

(QUEENS, NY) State Senator Tony Avella announced today he has introduced a bill (S.4431) in the Senate, authored by Assembly Member Aileen Gunther, that would create a New York State scholarship for nurses looking to pursue an advanced degree in their field and become a teacher.

March 23, 2015
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RELEASE: AVELLA, WEPRIN AND CIVIC AND BUSINESS LEADERS RALLY AGAINST TOLLING EAST RIVER BRIDGES

(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella was joined by Assembly Member David Weprin, Keep NYC Congestion Tax Free, the Small Business Congress of New York City, which represents over 180,000 small businesses throughout New York City, the Queens Civic Congress, which represents over 100 Queens civic and cooperative associations, members of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Friends of La Guardia, and community leaders to protest the latest congestion pricing proposal included in Move NY’s transportation plan.

March 13, 2015
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Statement From Senator Avella on Department of Investigation Homeless Shelter Report

“Today’s report released by the New York City Department of Investigation, citing serious dangers in many of our homeless shelters, is further proof that major improvements are needed when it comes to delivering homeless services to those who need it most. During my tenure as Chair of the Senate Social Services Committee, I worked to shed light on the appalling conditions that exist in many homeless shelters across the City, including calling for an investigation into many of the concerns that this report highlights.

March 12, 2015
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Statement From Senator Tony Avella on DEC's Revised Mute Swan Eradication Plan

“After seeing the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Revised Draft Management Plan for the handling of mute swans, I immediately reached out to various animal rights groups to consult with them about the changes that were made. While I am glad that DEC has revisited its original inhumane plan to completely rid New York of more than 2,000 of these innocent birds, a complete review of the details in the updated plan will ultimately reveal whether more changes are needed.

March 11, 2015
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Queens Chronicle: Clearview repaving is set

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last week announced two multimillion-dollar initiatives by the state Department of Transportation to repave the Clearview Expressway.

March 5, 2015
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The Legislative Gazette: Senate report finds sex offenders living close to preschools, spurs new legislation

The Senate Majority and a group of breakaway Democrats released a report last week that found a number of residency restriction violations by sex offenders in New York City and what they call a gaping loophole in the laws determining where sex offenders may live.

March 2, 2015
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Queens Chronicle: Sex offenders living near UPK

An investigation by the Independent Democratic Conference has found that registered sex offenders are legally allowed to live near universal prekindergarten programs, because they are not recognized as schools by the state.

February 26, 2015
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Times Ledger: MTA workshop to discuss bus service in NE Queens

The MTA is conducting a free public workshop next week to get feedback from northeast Queens residents on how to improve bus service in the area.

February 23, 2015
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Queens Chronicle: Another abandoned site and no action

It seems to happen all too often in Queens. Frustrated neighbors get no help from the city concerning abandoned houses with overgrown yards, boarded-up windows and owners who are also derelict in paying their taxes.

One such site that has been on state Sen. Tony Avella’s radar for five years is located at 80-44 233 St. in Queens Village. The two-level structure was built in 1930.

February 12, 2015
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Times Ledger: Avella wants new criminal charge for police car vandals

Although it is in its early stages, the PBA already welcomed the idea that calls for a bill to establish a new crime category for people who vandalize law enforcement vehicles.

February 11, 2015
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Brownstoner Queens: Local Pol Rallies Against Abandoned, Rundown Home in Jamaica Hills

On Friday, State Senator Tony Avella joined Jamaica Hills residents to speak out against the abandoned home at 80-44 233rd Street. This home has a long and troubled history, dating back more than ten years. Senator Avella first called attention to the home in 2010, but since then its condition has only worsened. There are boarded up and broken windows, scattered refuse, and dead, overgrown trees and bushes surrounding the property. The current owner owes $27,049.63 in property tax debt, with the last property tax payment made in 2009. The Department of Buildings also has over fourteen complaints against the property dating back to 2002.

February 9, 2015
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Times Ledger: Avella wants to legislate forced tree planting

Whitestone resident Joseph Cozeolino spent $140,000 in repairs to his home from damage caused by foliage.

January 27, 2015
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Queens Ledger: Queen's homeowner wants city to 'make like a tree and leave'

A Whitestone homeowner is in a showdown with the city over a street tree the Parks Department wants to plant in front of his home.

January 16, 2015
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Queens Chronicle: New signs warn drivers of cameras

Although speed cameras seem to be slowing down vehicles near city schools, new signage in Fresh Meadows is warning motorists about the surveillance.

Last fall, Mayor de Blasio announced that 23 speed cameras had been deployed citywide where speeding had become problematic near schools. It is part of his Vision Zero initiative to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities.

January 15, 2015
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Statement by Senator Tony Avella on the Passage of Women's Equality Package

“Today we sent a clear message that women’s rights are a priority for New York State. Each of these protections have been long overdue, and I am proud to have cosponsored and voted in favor of all eight. Under this legislation, we can end human trafficking, ensure equal pay for equal work, enhance protections for domestic violence victims, fight sexual harassment in the workplace, and end discrimination when it comes to employment, housing and credit. However, we must note the absence of the crucial recognition of a woman’s right to choose.

January 12, 2015
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