Tony Avella's Constituent stories

James H. Dunn

A lifelong Queens resident, James H. Dunn honorably served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, enlisting in the Armed Services at the age of 19. Mr. Dunn served our country honorably and bravely overseas for many tours. 

May 19, 2015

Christine Colligan

Christine Colligan immigrated to the United States on May 31, 1983, as a translator for students who attended Morven Park Equestrian Institute in Leesburg. She eventually relocated to New York City, where she worked as a jewelry designer while attending the Parsons New School for Design. She met her future husband while attending a shoe designing class; they married and have two daughters, Sarah and Becky. 

May 13, 2015

John McHugh, Sr.

John McHugh, Sr. is a first generation Irish American, born on March 6, 1924 in Union City, New Jersey, to Catherine Martin and John McHugh.

While attending St. Joseph’s grammar school, it was discovered that John had a beautiful Irish tenor voice; to this day, he is asked to sing “Danny Boy” on special family occasions. John and his mother moved to the South Bronx after he graduated from St Joseph’s. During his high school years, he sang on two radio stations – the Irish Echo on Sunday nights and the Jim Haden Show in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoons. Upon his graduation from Morris High School in the Bronx, John was drafted into the Army.

May 16, 2014

SungEun Grace Lee

SungEun Grace Lee was born on June 16, 1984, and right away she was a dream come true for her parents. Ms. Lee excelled at academics and in her freshman year at Seventy First High School, where she became the president of the class with the support of her classmates. Ms. Lee was then nominated and accepted to the School of Math & Science at Durham, and upon graduating high school she attended UNC-Chapel Hill as a business major and graduated in 2006. Upon graduating from college, she was hired at the Bank of America as a corporate financial manager. 

May 14, 2014

Avella Honored P.S. 221 with a State Resolution

Avella Honored P.S. 221 with a State Resolution


February 28, 2014

Loretta Weiss

Loretta Weiss served in the United States Army with distinction from 1942-1945 during World War II, and went back to serve in the Korean War and in Vietnam, from September 1950 until her discharge in February 1975, as a Supply Sergeant. In addition to her other duties, she performed confi dential prep clearance as well.

May 19, 2013

Wanda Beck Antosh

Wanda Beck Antosh’s quest has been to make her Bowne Park community a better place to live. A life-long resident of Flushing, Ms. Antosh has made it her mission to be aware of pressing community needs and take action. Attending Public School 107 and Bayside High School, Ms. Antosh went on to study art at New York University.

Ms. Antosh’s involvement with the Browne Park Civic Association evolved because of her genuine concern for her neighborhood and community and its quality of life. As president of the Civic Association for the past five years, Ms. Antosh has led the fight to clean up Bowne Park. Working with the 109th Police Precinct, she continues to ensure that her community has a strong police presence. 

May 10, 2013

Robert W. Armenio

First Lieutenant Robert W. Armenio was a United States Marine Corps medevac helicopter pilot who earned 33 air medals during the Vietnam Conflict.

After completing a degree in business administration from Georgia Southern College, 1st Lt. Armenio graduated from Officers’ Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia, and enlisted in the Marines in 1967.

May 18, 2012

Angela Augugliaro

Angela Augugliaro moved into Bellerose in 1977 and became involved in Queens Colony Civic Association as a way to get to know her new neighbors and learn about her new community. Along with her husband, she raised three girls, and it was while her children were young that she became involved as a Parent Teacher Association board member and Girl Scout Brownie Troop leader.

May 14, 2012

James E. Prevete

Pfc. James E. Prevete was born on January 19th, 1982 and was killed on October 10, 2004 while bravely serving our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Habbaniya, Iraq.  Pfc. Prevete was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, A Company, based in Camp Greaves, Korea and was killed in a military vehicle accident. 

 Pfc. Prevete was a lifelong resident of Whitestone, New York.  He attended Holy Trinity Elementary School from June 1987 through June 1996 and then attended St. Francis Prep High School where he graduated in June 2000.  He also briefly attended Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut and Queens College prior to proudly joining the United States Army in November 2003. 

June 9, 2011

Deb Markell Kleinert

Since the early 90’s, Debra Markell Kleinert has been a strong public servant, community leader and activist. A life long resident of Queens, she started her career in the private sector as a Systems Manager in the computer industry, working for a number of Fortune 500 companies. As the District Manager of Community Board 2, which serves the communities of Woodside, Sunnyside and Long Island City, Ms. Kleinert is instrumental in fostering cooperation and coordination with various City agencies that assist citizens in making New York City a better place.

May 11, 2011
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