Tony Avella's Press releases

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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Daily News: Queens pol wants spa shut down after patron's death

State Sen. Tony Avella (D–Queens) said that he wants the city to revoke Spa Castle's permit, claiming the College Point location has had numerous violations in the last two years. Reps from the spa said it was in compliance with applicable laws.

This spa is in hot water.

December 31, 2014
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Queens Chronicle: Help for Flushing, Little Neck areas; DOT to make changes at two sites

Score two for state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for getting the city Department of Transportation to take action on two problematic locations in Flushing and Little Neck.

December 24, 2014
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Legislative Gazette: Stakeholders weigh in on fracking decision

After more than five years of waiting for a decision on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in New York, advocates on both sides of the argument have their answer — the Department of Health thinks it's too risky.

December 22, 2014
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December 19, 2014
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Statement by Sen. Tony Avella on Queens Library Board's Removal of Thomas Galante

On Wednesday, December 17th, the Queens Public Library's Board of Trustees voted to remove Director Thomas Galante after an extensive review of expense and credit card abuses. 

December 18, 2014
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SENATOR AVELLA APPLAUDS DEC BAN ON HYDROFRACKING

“After nearly six years of working tirelessly in the fight against hydrofracking, having first introduced a resolution in the City Council and then leading the fight in the legislature by introducing the first bill that would ban the practice, I am ecstatic with the DEC and DOH’s conclusions.

December 17, 2014
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CITY FAILS THE HOMELESS ~ SENATOR AVELLA, ADVOCACY GROUP & COMMUNITY MEMBERS SHED LIGHT ON HORRENDOUS CONDITIONS OF PAN AM HOMELESS SHELTER

(ELMHURST, NY) As Chair of the Social Services Committee, State Senator Tony Avella, joined Elmhurst United and area residents to shed light on the horrendous conditions of the Pan Am emergency homeless shelter, which is currently under review to be converted to a permanent shelter under a proposed $42 million contract with the City.

 

December 12, 2014
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